Shunga - Shunga is a Japanese term for erotic pictures. Some scholars believe that the first shunga were inspired by Chinese medical manuals. Shunga prints grew in popularity in the early 18th century and the production of shunga peaked in the golden age of the print period in the late 19th century. Many ukiyo-e artists did shunga in addition to their normal specialties. The works sold well and, often at higher prices than the normal genre. So, artists had an incentive to delve into the realm of shunga. Often of very high quality and with great sensitivity to the subject, the best artists produced shunga of remarkable beauty. Shunga were rarely signed as collectors in the field know. Some of the noted artists in the field were Moronobu, Hokusai, Shigenobu and the great Utamaro.
Comments - This print represents a small, but very popular subset of Japanese erotica that featured helpless, bound, or captive women. It is highly prized by specific collectors because for this specific area of interest, there aren't many subjects. A fascinating representation of Edo era sexuality.
Artist - Edo era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/4"
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Toned as shown. Some small spots and creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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