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How to Pick the Right Angle to Start Your Shunga Collection

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Some people get overwhelmed by the wide range of subjects and themes within the shunga genre (thousands of books, prints and paintings were issued between 1600-1912) and therefore do not make a choice and select a topic. To make it easier and to find a path in the large amount of possibilities I have added some […]

The Nanshoku Shunga of the Award Winning Scientist Brian Coppola

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The award winning* scientist Brian Coppola, probably one of our earliest clients, is mainly focused on collecting nanshoku (男色, gay related images within shunga). In the interview we had last week, he explains what intrigued him about this particular subject, cartoons, street art, his favorite pieces and artists, and the intersection of his profession and the […]

Revealing Rapists, Orgies & Exhausted Couples Entwined in the Mosquito Net

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We have expanded our collection with the following new shunga pieces… ‘Orgy with 5 couples‘ (c.1822) from the series ‘Makura bunko (Pillow Library)‘ by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848) Five Intimate Couples The Pillow Library by Keisai Eisen is famous for its anatomical drawings and close-up designs of genitalia during the various stages of love-making. The above illustration […]

The Decomposing of a Subversive Piece of Art Depicting a Threesome

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The depiction of threesomes within the art of shunga is not uncommon but they are pretty scarce. In many cases it concerns a male with two females or one female with two males (often gay related). Although threesomes are pretty rare in ancient Japanese shunga, in the subversive art of Jeff Faerber (1974) it’s the […]

Shoki the Demon Queller Making Love to a Red Demon

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Shoki, the Demon Queller was one of the favorite subjects (see also Fig.2.) of the extraordinary artist Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) and included it in many of his print designs and paintings. Shoki the Demon Queller Shoki was a physician who aspired to be a servant of the Chinese imperial palace, but he was not able […]

Shunpon: Man Carrying Money Into a Vaginal Storehouse

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One convention of shunga is a set of twelve pictures that reference the main annual event in each month of the year. In this twelfth and final design from Kyosai‘s series ‘Picture Calendar with Erotic Scenes of the Twelve Months‘ (1869) we watch a man carrying money into a storehouse on Kan-no-iri. Shunpon It’s the beginning […]

Passionate Sex Underneath a Mosquito-net

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Katsukawa Shuncho (act.c.1780s-early 1800s) is among the finest ukiyo-e artists of the eighteenth century, and his corpus of work is devoted entirely to pictures of beautiful women (bijinga) and erotica. Magnum Opus His style is intimate and gentle, and his portrayal of women and men in shunga give the impression that sex is enjoyed by both […]

Jade Rabbit Having Sex With the Moon Goddess Chang’e

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Recently I obtained a special set of koban-sized shunga that all depict amusing and deviating designs that are attributed to Meiji genius Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889). Striking images such as a man in a snowy forest who is groping between the legs of a female snowman he just built. Another one features a spellbound monk who […]

The Plumb Plebeian Maidservant and Her Secret Affair

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In this sequence of articles comparing Utamaro’s shunga (春画) masterpiece Utamakura (c.1788) that inpired some of the designs from Chokyosai Eiri’s excellent Fumi no kiyogaki (c.1801) series we have arrived at Plate 11… Corpulent Plate 11 features a plump older couple have sex on the floor; the woman pulls a blanket over the man. There some debate […]

Reckless Japanese Street Hooker and Lusty Client

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Although the Utamaro scene below only loosely inspired Eiri‘s scene with the protagonists in both designs sporting similar style headdresses, the composition, the posture and the location all vary. While Utamaro’s scene takes place on a cheerful autumn afternoon the atmosphere in Eiri’s design more gloomy. Breast A couple making love beneath a sakura cherry tree in […]

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