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8 Sensational Ukiyo-e Images of Passionate Ama Divers

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Females and female beauty are among the most beloved subjects of art in general in history. This was also the case in Japan during the Edo period (1600-1868) and for the images from ‘the floating world’ as displayed in their ukiyo-e art. Bare Upper Bodies A favorite sub-genre within the female subject, for Japanese artists […]

A Conversation with a Boston Collector on Picasso, Shunga, Dali, and Much More

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This week we had an extensive conversation with one of our long-time clients. James Holland is a humble retired photojournalist, real estate broker and art collector from Boston, Massachusetts. He shares his personal story, tells about his art and book collection, his special encounter with Salvador Dali and a phallic oriented Japanese artist, how he […]

Collecting Shunga with Bathhouse and Seashore Themes

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For our site ShungaGallery.com I interview artists and collectors who are passionate about shunga and erotic art. One of our clients is a serious Florida United States collector (he wishes to be anonymous) who collects bathhouse and swimming related themes within Japanese woodblock art. He bought many of the shunga pieces that are part of his […]

Ancient Shock Art: Inititiating a Minor Geisha Trainee (NSFW)

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The extremely rare designs featured below follow the shocking initiation of a kamuro (geisha trainee) at a questionable age for her future activities as a geisha. Harsh Realities The artist (probably Koikawa Shozan) of this subversive set really examined the thematic boundaries of the shunga genre at that time. In any case, he didn’t shut […]

The Exciting Four Seasons Art By Kunisada

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Other than his mentor Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825), the very talented pupil Kunisada (1786-1865) was a prolific contributor to the shunga genre. In this field he worked almost exclusively in illustrated books, some four dozens being known. Most often, these are signed with one of his erotic pseudonyms ‘Fukiyo Matabei’. Elaborate Color-Printing This plate comes from […]

Revealing the Sensual Pleasure Boat Secrets

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During the middle and late Edo period, the use of a pleasure boat was pretty common among the geisha and a favored client, for a private moment, away from the hectic of the Yoshiwara brothels. Boats played a crucial role in the workings of the Yoshiwara, as they were the primary means of transport to […]

8 Marvellous Gifts for (Shunga) Art Lovers

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Bespoke shunga prints and paintings will delight someone you love this holiday With their demanding taste, visual intellect, and keen eye for quality, art fans and collectors can be among the most challenging to buy a gift for. This season, ShungaGallery has gathered a collection of lavish offerings—from a very rare shunga scroll featuring silhouette […]

Shunga Depicting One Passionate Man Having Sex with Multiple Women

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When I was doing some research to prepare for this post I was looking for what would be considered the ultimate male sex fantasy. According to one of the articles I came across (you can find it here) among the most common ones is the ménage à trois (threesome) with two females. Sex-Hungry Women Most […]

Why Is Oral Sex Seldomly Seen in the Art of Shunga?

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Shunga art displaying oral sex with a female performing fellatio on a male or vice versa are relatively rare. Oral Sex Art The reason oral sex (fellatio) scenes appear rarely in shunga has to do with the portrayal of exaggerated male organs. In the Edo period a small mouth was considered an element of feminine […]

Kunisada II’s Amusing Octopus Fantasy

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The humour of this image attributed to Utagawa Kunisada II (1823–1880) lies in the fact that the octopus wears a white head scarf of a commoner. Either this depiction is the imagination of the woman or the octopus represents the male lover who sees himself as the tremendous lover that octopuses are purported to be. Loyal Kunisada II […]

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