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Seller: ennarepea (1,416) 100%, Location: Swansea, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, AU, Item: 264003278613 TWO CLASSIC & HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE JAPANESE MOUNTED SHUNGA EROTIC PAINTINGS c1850 An excellent pair of classic early Japanese shunga pictures, unframed but mounted on card. Please see the attached photographs which are an integral part of this description. Two unsigned, traditional shunga images, pen sketched and hand coloured principal subjects. These are not woodblock prints. Shunga, literally “spring pictures”, is an erotic artistic tradition that emerged from early modern Japan, featuring graphic images of sexual activity. Produced by the thousands during the Edo period (1600-1868), shunga offered sexuality a shameless visual platform, where sexual pleasure, female sexuality, and homosexuality were not only acknowledged but encouraged. The history, humor, and accomplishments of shunga are explored at the British Museum in “Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art”. Shunga was made through ink paintings or woodblock prints, which were applied to handscrolls and mass-produced illustrated texts. While it generally depicts male-female couples, particularly in the early Edo period male-male couples could be found as well. The images emphasize facial expressions of joy and satisfaction and feature exaggerated genitals on males and females. Shunga also appeared in China, where sexual organs were portrayed in much more accurate proportions. The scenes often include snippets of humorous conversation between partners. While shunga is known for nudity and explicit sexual situations, there are less audacious iterations, featuring courtesans dressed in elaborate garb or kissing couples wrapped in lavish textiles. The two pictures are in very good condition for their age. There is very minor damage to each of the card mounts. A very good pair of Japanese shunga pictures - offered at a very reasonable price Dimensions: Please note the minor variance in sizes Pic 1: Mount: 42.0cm x 29.5cm Image: 31.5cm x 17.5cm Pic 2: Mount: 40.5cm x 30.5cm Image: 30.0cm x 19.0cm PLEASE NOTE: This item can be shipped worldwide, subject to the schedule of excluded countries noted in the listing. If the item is to be shipped out of the UK please get in touch (ideally prior to bidding or purchasing a 'buy it now' item) for a final shipping quote as THE CHARGE SHOWN IN THE LISTING IS AN ESTIMATE FOR GUIDANCE ONLY Every effort will be made to pack items as safely and securely as possible. Primary Material: Rice paper, Age: 1850-1899, Product: Painting/Scroll, Sub-Type: Japanese shunga, Original/Repro: Antique Original, Region of Origin: Japanese Insights Exclusive
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