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Brian Coppola

Chemistry professor 

University of Michigan, U.S.

When an aspect of a culture gets forcibly erased, the erasers will then issue the challenge “Well, if this or that is so normal, then where is the evidence?” Of course, they purposefully erased the evidence for that reason.

Artifacts give tangible visibility and provide an existence proof.

Think about the significance of the single silver goblet known as the Warren Cup, which depicts two different same-sex couplings on a simply, common object from ancient Greece. Without that cup, the critics who claim that same-sex relationships were not a significant part of the culture end up with their negative evidence (if it was as common as you say, then surely it would be widely represented). And how much more compelling would it be if 50 or 100 or 500 different versions of the Warren Cup still existed.

The new e-Book from the Shunga Gallery, “The Secret Gay Art in Ancient Japan and China” shines a light on the fact that same-sex relationships were routine. You cannot ignore or deny the existence because it is here in these common artifacts. And not secret at all, simple visual cues – a small purple scarf on the brow of a young male kabuki actor who performed a female role – took on a homoerotic meaning that would have been widely recognized.

When one sees discussion of shunga, the existence of same-sex examples might not even be acknowledged. Although same-sex (nanshoku) acts are included in shunga works, they are outnumbered. This new book serves a strong purpose by concentrating the nanshoku examples, as well as the comparable representation in Chinese paintings, reminding us how invisible the taboo of nanshoku has been within the larger taboo of shunga.

Through the thematic focus in this nicely rendered collection, with its pleasant and considered commentary, the reader cannot ignore this important part of the historical culture.
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        What's inside (113 pages)
          • The most comprehensive study on this specific subject ever published
          • 46 rare enticing illustrations of homosexual rendezvous as portrayed in shunga
          • 23 unique illustrations of gay encounters in classical Chinese paintings
          • Including many unique images not seen anywhere else
          • The origins and development of homoerotic shunga
          • Many new insights on both Japanese and Chinese gay erotica  
          • Detailed descriptions on dozens of prints and paintings
          • Differences between Japanese and Chinese views on the depiction of gay sex 
          • Gay fantasies as designed by Utamaro, Hokusai, Keisai Eisen, and many others
          • Gay parodies on the tales of Osome, Oshichi and Heike
          • A gay cyborg, hermaphrodites, horny monks, submissive actors
          • Striking examples of modern gay shunga
          • And much more sensual secrets...
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John Coulthart

British graphic artist

Many thanks for the book, it was very informative. I didn't know that Hokusai had done any gay-themed pieces, for example. I like finding things such as this which can be attached to very well-known artists, it makes a change from the situation that prevailed for so long in the West.
Shunga Gallery

Shunga Gallery is conceived and created by specialist art dealer and historian Marijn Kruijff.


In 2000 Marijn started selling ukiyo-e art and inspired by its aesthetic and commercial appeal, over the years he focused more and more on the erotic subgenre called shunga. The genre within ukiyo-e that explores the erotic secrets of ancient Japan.


Over the next two decades Marijn’s shunga content was removed from several platforms including YouTube and Tumblr, and it became increasingly clear that there wasn’t anywhere where artists and lovers of shunga and related sensual art could freely share and express these interests, somewhere to enjoy the aesthetics of shunga without restraint.


In 2016 he started the website and blog Shunga Gallery, which has now published more than seven hundred and ninety articles and seven eBooks.  


The growing interest in his mission can be seen in the number of new subscriptions growing daily.

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