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17 Lustful Females and 1 Aroused Male in a Crowded Bathhouse
9 January 2020 

17 Lustful Females and 1 Aroused Male in a Crowded Bathhouse

I am always thrilled and amazed when I come across a new rare shunga gem that I have never seen before. In my experience that is one of the true pleasures of being an art dealer. Similar to the pleasure that the collector experiences. The piece treated in this post is such an example.

straight bath houses

Huge orgy in a straight bathhouse‘ (c.1850) by Utagawa school  (Private collection)

Straight Bathhouse

This extraordinary shikake-e portrays a mass gathering in a straight bathhouse of seventeen nude and excited females and one man in a tub. The included puppet can be moved over the surface and his erected penis can be inserted into the vaginas due to the slits in the paper.

straight bath houses

Complicated Assignments

It was produced around 1850. The artist is unknown but these kind of complicated assignments were only executed by the important members of a school (in this case the Utagawa school). Size is 7 1/4″ x 14 1/2″ inches. Very nice state overall with only minor marks and flaws. The accompanying puppet is professionally repaired.

straight bath houses

straight bath houses

straight bath houses

straight bath houses

straight bath houses

straight bath houses

straight bath houses

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About the author
Marijn is the founder of shungagallery.com. With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
Darya
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Darya

on 12 January 2020

Is there something like shikake-e in western culture?

Marijn
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Marijn

on 12 January 2020

Thanks for your interesting question Darya. The way of expressing by means of additional devices as in shikake-e (mechanical pictures) is not unique to Japan. There is also a long history in the West (dating back to the 13th century) concerning http://www.rochester.edu/news/photos/popup-books/" rel="nofollow">pop-up books and movable devices.

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