TWO CLASSIC & HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE JAPANESE MOUNTED SHUNGA EROTIC PAINTINGS c1850

TWO CLASSIC & HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE JAPANESE MOUNTED SHUNGA EROTIC PAINTINGS c1850
TWO CLASSIC & HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE JAPANESE MOUNTED SHUNGA EROTIC PAINTINGS c1850
TWO CLASSIC & HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE JAPANESE MOUNTED SHUNGA EROTIC PAINTINGS c1850
TWO CLASSIC & HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE JAPANESE MOUNTED SHUNGA EROTIC PAINTINGS c1850
TWO CLASSIC & HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE JAPANESE MOUNTED SHUNGA EROTIC PAINTINGS c1850
TWO CLASSIC & HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE JAPANESE MOUNTED SHUNGA EROTIC PAINTINGS c1850
TWO CLASSIC & HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE JAPANESE MOUNTED SHUNGA EROTIC PAINTINGS c1850
TWO CLASSIC & HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE JAPANESE MOUNTED SHUNGA EROTIC PAINTINGS c1850

TWO CLASSIC & HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE JAPANESE MOUNTED SHUNGA EROTIC PAINTINGS c1850
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. 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.
TWO CLASSIC & HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE JAPANESE MOUNTED SHUNGA EROTIC PAINTINGS c1850