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Shunga

Item # 52325 - The Kiss - Sold for $900 - 3/28/2013
From the series "Enshoku Hoya Ho" ("Sensual Colors, A Phoenix Realised in the Field"), "The Kiss".
Koryusai's works are considered among the most artistic shunga and abunae..

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By Koryusai Isoda 1735-1790

Shunga are erotic Japanese prints. Shunga literally means springtime pictures.

The Tradition of Japanese Shunga Prints

Shunga prints were produced and sold either as single sheets or - more frequently - in book form, called enpon.

The images on Japanese shunga prints are mostly sexually explicit. Westerners would categorize most of the scenes as pornographic. Sometimes the scenes depicted are covered with a blanket, and only two lovers are to be recognized. In other words, some Japanese shunga prints can be shown to minors.

Japanese shunga prints and books were bought for several reasons. One was certainly for the fun of viewing sexually stimulating erotic images. But they served also for the sexual education of young men and women. It was even a tradition that the bride of a daimyo - a high-standing feudal lord - brought a collection of shunga prints together with their wedding furniture.

Which Ukiyo-e Artists Made Shunga Prints?

Japanese erotic art was made by all ukiyo-e artists. It was more profitable than "normal" art. Few shunga prints however bear signatures or seals. At times, they were subject to an official censorship. In practice, restrictions in producing and selling erotic shunga art, were never very strict. But most artists may have considered it wise to publish their works anonymously.

Erotic Manga and Anime Pictures

The tradition of Japanese erotic prints continues to live in the modern manga and anime images. Like ukiyo-e, also the manga and anime pictures have a genre that aims at the depiction of explicit sexual scenes.

Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga

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Item # 67921 - Signs of Love - 12 Zodiac Scenes - Boar - Sold for $110 - 2/28/2016
"Signs of Love". 12 Zodiac Scenes -Boar.
The whimsical rendition of a loving couple. The woman's obi sash portrays the twelve Japanese zodiac animals, which could predict the compatibility of the couple. The author of the article, Henry Miller, commented, "... these prints by Karhu are modest and discreet, playful and puzzling rather than purely erotic." The couple's tangled arms and legs suggest also the shunga tradition.
By Clifton Karhu 1927-2007
Item # 67920 - Signs of Love - 12 Zodiac Scenes - Rat - Sold for $110 - 2/28/2016
"Signs of Love". 12 Zodiac Scenes -Rat.
The whimsical rendition of a loving couple. The woman's obi sash portrays the twelve Japanese zodiac animals, which could predict the compatibility of the couple. The author of the article, Henry Miller, commented, "... these prints by Karhu are modest and discreet, playful and puzzling rather than purely erotic." The couple's tangled arms and legs suggest also the shunga tradition.
By Clifton Karhu 1927-2007
Item # 67919 - Signs of Love - 12 Zodiac Scenes - Carp - Sold for $140 - 2/28/2016
"Signs of Love". 12 Zodiac Scenes - Carp.
The whimsical rendition of a loving couple. The woman's obi sash portrays the twelve Japanese zodiac animals, which could predict the compatibility of the couple. The author of the article, Henry Miller, commented, "... these prints by Karhu are modest and discreet, playful and puzzling rather than purely erotic." The couple's tangled arms and legs suggest also the shunga tradition.
By Clifton Karhu 1927-2007
Item # 67918 - Signs of Love - 12 Zodiac Scenes - Ox - Sold for $110 - 2/28/2016
"Signs of Love". 12 Zodiac Scenes - Ox.
The whimsical rendition of a loving couple. The woman's obi sash portrays the twelve Japanese zodiac animals, which could predict the compatibility of the couple. The author of the article, Henry Miller, commented, "... these prints by Karhu are modest and discreet, playful and puzzling rather than purely erotic." The couple's tangled arms and legs suggest also the shunga tradition.
By Clifton Karhu 1927-2007
Item # 67917 - Signs of Love - 12 Zodiac Scenes - Snake - Sold for $110 - 2/28/2016
"Signs of Love". 12 Zodiac Scenes - Snake.
The whimsical rendition of a loving couple. The woman's obi sash portrays the twelve Japanese zodiac animals, which could predict the compatibility of the couple. The author of the article, Henry Miller, commented, "... these prints by Karhu are modest and discreet, playful and puzzling rather than purely erotic." The couple's tangled arms and legs suggest also the shunga tradition.
By Clifton Karhu 1927-2007
Item # 67916 - Signs of Love - 12 Zodiac Scenes - Dragon - Sold for $110 - 2/28/2016
"Signs of Love". 12 Zodiac Scenes - Dragon.
The whimsical rendition of a loving couple. The woman's obi sash portrays the twelve Japanese zodiac animals, which could predict the compatibility of the couple. The author of the article, Henry Miller, commented, "... these prints by Karhu are modest and discreet, playful and puzzling rather than purely erotic." The couple's tangled arms and legs suggest also the shunga tradition.
By Clifton Karhu 1927-2007
Item # 67915 - Signs of Love - 12 Zodiac Scenes - Horse - Sold for $110 - 2/28/2016
"Signs of Love". 12 Zodiac Scenes - Horse.
The whimsical rendition of a loving couple. The woman's obi sash portrays the twelve Japanese zodiac animals, which could predict the compatibility of the couple. The author of the article, Henry Miller, commented, "... these prints by Karhu are modest and discreet, playful and puzzling rather than purely erotic." The couple's tangled arms and legs suggest also the shunga tradition.
By Clifton Karhu 1927-2007
Item # 67914 - Signs of Love - 12 Zodiac Scenes - Monkey - Sold for $150 - 4/24/2016
"Signs of Love". 12 Zodiac Scenes - Monkey.
The whimsical rendition of a loving couple. The woman's obi sash portrays the twelve Japanese zodiac animals, which could predict the compatibility of the couple. The author of the article, Henry Miller, commented, "... these prints by Karhu are modest and discreet, playful and puzzling rather than purely erotic." The couple's tangled arms and legs suggest also the shunga tradition.
By Clifton Karhu 1927-2007

Literature

Japanese Erotic Prints, Shunga by Harunobu and Koryusai. Author, Inge Klompmakers, Hotei Publishing - 'Shunga by Harunobu and Koryusai'.

Dieter WanczuraAuthor: Dieter Wanczura

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