Japanese Shunga, Man and Woman Embracing
Japanese Shunga, Man and Woman Embracing Japanese Shunga, Man and Woman Embracing Japanese Shunga, Man and Woman Embracing Japanese Shunga, Man and Woman Embracing
Japanese Shunga, Man and Woman Embracing

Japanese Shunga, Man and Woman Embracing

  • This depiction of an intimate couple is a fine specimen of Japanese shunga
  • Shunga is a centuries-old form of erotic art originating from Japan
  • This work showcases beautiful composition and vivid color
  • These incredible artworks are incredibly rare and highly desired amongst erotic art collectors
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Item No. 30-8811
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Handpainted on paper with splashes of vivid gouache color, the artistry displayed in this Japanese shunga drawing is exceptional. This sensual work depicts a man and woman in a carnal embrace. Translated, the term shunga means "a picture of spring", with the season often used as a euphemism for sex. These works are categorized as a type of ukiyo-e, which was a painted or woodblock print art form that was marketed to the middle-class and represented an idealized version of urban life. It is believed that shunga were enjoyed by both men and women, and in some instances, were even regarded as talismans. For instance, a samurai carrying shunga would be protected against death, and shunga in the home or business would protect it against fire and the like. Mostly, shunga were enjoyed simply for their erotic nature, with subjects often shown with unrealistic body proportions and imaginative poses to draw attention to the acts being depicted.

Taisho Period, Circa 1922

Paper: 9 5/8” high x 13 1/2” wideFrame: 19 1/4” high x 23 1/4” wide
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Period: 1919-Present
Origin:Asia
Subject:Nudes
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