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” wide
Frame: 19 1/4” high x 23 1/4” wide