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Man And Woman Making Love [Woodblock Print] (Japanese Shunga)

9 5/8” high x 13 1/2” wide


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9 5/8” high x 13 1/2” wide

Delicately hand painted on paper, this intimate scene is an exceptional example of the Japanese art shunga. Shunga, a traditional Japanese term of erotic art, translates to “picture of spring”, where spring is a euphemism for sex. A type of ukiyo-e, or woodblock print, these rare works offer a glimpse into the sexual freedoms and artistic culture of Eastern traditions.

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