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Sensual Sex in the Imperial Court by Kawanabe Kyosai

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Today we briefly put the spotlight on an eye-catching design by the Meiji master Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889). The print comes from his series ‘Byobu isso no uchi (A Pair of Screens)’ that consists of twelve tanzaku-e sized (7 1/8″ x 3 1/3″) prints. Each sheet is accompanied by another (so twenty-four in total), pasted to […]

Discover the Hilarious Laughing Pictures in Shunga

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Images that depict sexual activity have mainly been called shunga since the Meiji period. This means that the term is only about 150 years old. When the term appeared in a text, the Chinese characters that were used for the word usually had a phonetic luster in Japanese writing (kana) translating warai-e (laughing pictures). Foolish […]

Rare Japanese Erotic Toy Print Puzzle

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We obtained an extraordinary toy print (shikake-e) that was issued in the Meiji era (c.1875) produced by an anonymous artist. It’s actually one large shunga piece with a multitude of incomplete pictures which can be folded various ways to make complete shunga pictures, like a folding puzzle. When fully opened the size is 9” x […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hokusai Print of Otsubi’s Passionate Encounter with a Monk

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In this print design Hokusai depicts one of the main characters of his The Gods of Intercourse (1821), Otsubi in her encounter with Tonketsu. The latter is a Buddhist priest from the suggestively named Gyokumonji (Temple of the Jewelled Gate). He lives next door to her, and has been watching her when she encountered a […]

Interview with the Artist Senju Horimatsu on His Sensual Tattoo Art (P1)

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Of all contemporary artists who are influenced by the art of shunga, there is no one who dedicates himself so completely to this art form as the Swedish print designer/ painter Matti Senju Horimatsu (1968). This former tattoo artist reduced his activities in irezumi (traditional Japanese tattooing) and concentrated more and more on his paintings, prints […]

Graphic Penis Close Up Designs in Shunga

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The over-sizing of the organs is a feature of shunga, but they are not depicted as universally large. More realistically sized ones appear, mostly on younger people or on the very old. Shunga provokes the adult male’s imagination. He wishes to conceive himself larger than an adolescent to compensate his lesser potency and vitality and also […]

The Art of Anal Sex by Torii Kiyonaga

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This more unusual shunga scene depicts a geisha – recognizable by her black haori – from the unlicensed Fukugawa prostitute district. She has her eyes closed during this sexual bout of anal penetration. This is a perfectly balanced composition, where the rich black creates a counterweight to the genitalia. The blocks of colour and patterns […]

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