Unique Shunga Ink Scroll Displaying a Mysterious Ghostly Visitor
At an auction I came across this rare and fascinating scroll with ink paintings that was produced in the late 19th century. The hand-painted color ink paintings are depicted with light ink, and the expressions and movements of the characters are very realistic.
Great Eye for Detail
It’s my impression that the mysterious shadow figures are sensual dream fantasies of the involved female. The artist has a great eye for detail as can be seen in the striking facial expressions and hand gestures.
‘A shadowy ghost-like figure is penetrating a female while caressing one of her breasts. She has pulled her sleeve over her face in a state of supreme delight. Striking is that his genitals are “human”.’
‘A lascivious female (look at her facial expression!) is stroking her private parts while thinking about a giant phallus‘
‘Detail of the lewd female‘
‘A completely sexually saturated woman with clenched fist watches a shadowy figure (its right foot is still visible)‘
‘Couple in the legs-on-shoulder position, aka the rock ‘n’ roller or The Plow. I read somewhere that this pose is recommended for the winter months (Sorry this info is a little of topic!)‘
‘Detail of the nipple sucking‘
‘An enigmatic hand grabs her by the collar of her kimono exposing her nude lower torso‘
‘Subtle image with a woman on a giant bed. The kimono hanging loosely around her shoulder betrays an intimate history ‘
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The style of the paintings reminds me of another unknown shunga artist whom I discussed in an earlier post…!!
Do you share my interpretation that these are dream fantasies or do you have a different opinion? You can let us know your thoughts in the comment box below…!!