Original woodblock print, Shunga (5) - Original woodblock 5 erotic prints - First half 20th century

Description
Original woodblock print, Shunga (5) - Original woodblock 5 erotic prints - First half 20th century
Good condition, see description

Original woodblock print, Shunga (5) - Original woodblock 5 erotic prints - First half 20th century

Shunga (春画) is a Japanese term for erotic art. Most shunga are a type of ukiyo-e, usually executed in woodblock print format.
While rare, there are extant erotic painted handscrolls which predate the Ukiyo-e movement.
Translated literally, the Japanese word shunga means picture of spring; "spring" is a common euphemism for sex.

The ukiyo-e movement as a whole sought to express an idealisation of contemporary urban life and appeal to the new chōnin class.
Following the aesthetics of everyday life, Edo period shunga varied widely in its depictions of sexuality.
As a subset of ukiyo-e it was enjoyed by all social groups in the Edo period, despite being out of favour with the shogunate.
Almost all ukiyo-e artists made shunga at some point in their careers.

Total : 5 prints

Size : 223 × 303 mm

Lot details
Total nr of items
5
Object
Original woodblock print, Shunga
Material
Paper
Period
First half 20th century
Region/ Country of origin
Japan
Attribution
Original
Title of artwork
Original woodblock 5 erotic prints
Condition
Good condition, see description
Dimensions
223×303×0 mm
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