Shunga

Japanese Erotic Prints 1780-1900

During the Edo period, nearly all of the the woodblock print artists working in the ukiyo-e style supplemented their income by producing a large number of erotic prints. Known as Shunga (Spring Pictures in English), these prints were most often published in the form of albums, known as enpon. Although shunga prints are notable for their frank and graphic depictions of sexuality, they are equally notable for their high quality of composition and craftsmanship, placing them among the most prized subjects from the Edo and Meiji periods. Shunga continued to be a popular art form until it was largely supplanted by erotic photography in the late 19th century.

RELATED JAPANESE LINKS:
Yozo Hamaguchi, Mizuno Hidekata, Hiroshige I & II, Kaoru Kawano, Imao Keinen, Tsuchiya Kogyo, Sadao Watanabe, Edo Period (1603-1867), Meiji Period (1868-1912), Shunga (1780-1900), Shin Hanga, Dai Chikamatsu Hanga Zenshu, Sosaku Hanga, Japanese Abstract/Modern

Recent arrivals (March 2012)

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    Lovers

    From Medetai Zukushi series (A Collection of Celebration). Color woodblock, ca. 1840. Utagawa school.
    3-5/16 x 4-3/4 inches.
    26311
    $175
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    Nenrai (New Year’s Celebration)

    From Medetai Zukushi series (A Collection of Celebration). Color woodblock, ca. 1840. Utagawa school.
    3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches.
    26306
    $175
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    Susuhaki (House Cleaning)

    From Medetai Zukushi series (A Collection of Celebration). Color woodblock, ca. 1840. Utagawa school.
    3-5/16 x 4-3/4 inches.
    26304
    $200
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    Nenshi (Beginning of the New Year)

    From Medetai Zukushi series (A Collection of Celebration). Color woodblock, ca. 1840. Utagawa school.
    3-5/16 x 4-3/4 inches.
    26309
    $200
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    Untitled Shunga

    Color woodblock, ca. 1840. Utagawa school.
    3-5/8 x 4-7/8 inches.
    18213
    $150
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    Untitled Shunga

    Color woodblock, ca. 1840. Utagawa school.
    3-5/8 x 4-7/8 inches.
    18212
    $150

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