Japanese Shunga, Man and Woman Making Love

  • This depiction of a man and woman making love is a fine specimen of Japanese shunga
  • Shunga is a centuries-old form of Japanese erotic art
  • 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. 30-8813

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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
Japanese Shunga, Man and Woman Making Love
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: Asia
Type: Drawings
Depth: 1.13
Width: 23.25
Height: 19.25
Canvas Width: 13.5
Canvas Height: 9.625

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