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16 October 2018 

Mysterious Warai-e Depicting a Horse Performing Cunnilingus

Warai-e (comic or pornographic picture) is another name for shunga also known as “laughing pictures”. They were not necessarily supposed to be comical but were meant to be more esoteric, as they were part of a cultural or conceptual scope outside of the everyday domain of real-life morality.

Entire hand

The amusing example of today (a shikake-e -toy print) offers a wonderful fusion of humor and mystery. It is set in a dark forest featuring a young couple with the male caressing the private parts of the female with his entire hand (Fig.1.).  Besides them on the left stands a mysterious box.

shunga with male lover caressing his lover's vagina in the forest

Fig.1. ‘Young male fingering his lover‘ (c.1824) from the series ‘Senrikyu‘ by Utagawa Kunitora

Stylish

When the flap is turned (Fig.2.), the young male has been replaced by an enigmatic and muscular horse-figure wearing a stylish kimono performing cunnilingus. The image raises the question ‘Is this her fantasy?’ One gets the impression since the horse-figure is clearly the better lover. The artist Kunitora used subtle differences, such as the varying position of the toes on her right foot.

warai-e shunga print with horse performing cunnilingus

Fig.2. When the flap is opened the young male is replaced by a ‘Horse Performing Cunnilingus

Complacently Licking

In a consecutive image (Fig.3.) we see the horse sitting underneath a tree in a post-coital moment complacently licking his scrotum while resting his claw feet. The only partially visible moon (in the waning crescent phase) adds to the supernatural atmosphere.

warai-e of an exhausted horse licking his scrotum

Fig.3. ‘Saturated horse‘ (c.1824) from the series ‘Senrikyu‘ by Utagawa Kunitora (Sold)

The following striking warai-e print is by the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) from his series ‘Kanadehon yakô no tama‘ (c.1830)…

warai-e depicting a torture scene with a tied female penetrated by a horse

Fig.4. ‘A tied completely naked woman is being penetrated by a horse in the hills‘ (c.1830) from the series ‘Kanadehon yakô no tama‘ by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Image from William Pearl)

Punishment Ritual

In some kind of punishment ritual a woman has been tied down to posts in the ground while being a penetrated by a horse. The latter is encouraged by four excited villains. A bucket with “lubricant” is just up ahead.

warai-e with a Horse making love to a peasant girl near a stream by Tsukioka Settei

Fig.5. ‘Horse making love to a peasant girl near a stream‘ (c.1755) from the series ‘Onna dairaku takara beki‘ by Tsukioka Settei

A Horse Will Do

A young peasant girl (oharame) in a moment of sexual bliss (Fig.5.). This type of peasant woman is generally linked to Ohara, a farming village north of Kyoto. Hence the name Oharame. They were easy to recognize by their distinctive clothing such as an apron, white leggings and rustic sandals. They are often depicted carrying bundles of firewood and coals. Her curled toes are a sign of ecstasy. Some of the text reads ‘the mountain woman’s strength: even a horse will do’.

warai-e depicting a horny farmer, his horse and an aroused washerwoman

Fig.6. ‘A horny farmer, his horse and an aroused washerwoman‘ (c.1788) from the series ‘Ehon aratamatsubuki‘ by Katsukawa Shuncho

Saddle

In a garden behind the fence (Fig.6.), a farmer, standing on a saddle, is penetrating his own horse. He holds the tail for easier access while the mare neighs excitedly. They are observed by a masturbating washerwoman. These kind of depictions were a way of the artists and their merchant patrons to poke fun at the higher-ranking farmer class.

The text left below reads ‘The strength of a peasant man. Even a horse can be his wife.’

Click HERE for more entertaining shunga (warai-e) with aroused animals…!!!

Sources:

Japanese Erotic Fantasies: Sexual Imagery of the Edo Period‘ by Chris Uhlenbeck (i.a.)
Japanese Erotic Art: The Hidden World of Shunga‘ by Ofer Shagan

What is your favorite of the above designs? You can leave your feedback in the comment box below!

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P.Brouwer
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P.Brouwer

on 4 October 2019

It seems nothing has changed over time.Not my favorite pastime.

Marijn
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Marijn

on 4 October 2019

Haha..thanks Peter. Reminds me of a quote (by Marcus Aurelius I think) that states ' The human comedy of love, hate and ambition is of all times. The actors change, the play remains the same'.

Darya
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Darya

on 20 March 2020

Thank you for the set! I love the idyllic spirit of Settei's picture: a horse and a girl both seem to enjoy the process. It's fascinating to watch how the scene that would be ominous in reality, can be turn into something esthetically perfect by an artist. Marijn, have you seen another piece by Settei, depicting a peasant girl who pleases herself being at the plough?

Marijn
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Marijn

on 20 March 2020

Thanks Darya. I am not sure, do you have a picture?

Darya
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Darya

on 20 March 2020

Yes, I'll send it to you!

Marijn
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Marijn

on 21 March 2020

OK thanks Darya!

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