Original woodblock print, Shunga (4) - Utagawa School - ca. 1850-60s

Description
Original woodblock print, Shunga (4) - Utagawa School - ca. 1850-60s
Reasonable condition, see description

Original woodblock print, Shunga (4) - Utagawa School - ca. 1850-60s

Each print bears a poem.

Shunga 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 ukiyo-e.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.

Size:
①164 × 222 mm
②164 × 447 mm
③163 × 450 mm
④160 × 448 mm

Lot details
Total nr of items
4
Object
Original woodblock print, Shunga
Material
Paper
Period
ca. 1850-60s
Region/ Country of origin
Japan
Artist/ Maker
Utagawa School
Attribution
Original
Condition
Reasonable condition, see description
Dimensions
164×447×0 mm
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