1775 - Shunga - Isoda Koryusai - 12 Holds Classic!
Authentic & Original Edo Period Japanese erotic art classic! It's a very rare antique 1775, Japanese shunga erotic art woodblock print picture by Isoda Koryusai. From his famous and 'extremely important oban series,' Shikido torikumi juniban (Twelve Holds of Love) 1775-1777. The woodblock print picture measures approximately 24.5 cm x 37 cm. Very good colors and impressions. Decent+ condition for its age with some wear and soiling, foxing stains, centre fold, one tiny bit of wormage at centre. No backing. Please refer to photos.
"An extremely important oban series, Twelve Holds of Love had a tremendous impact on the nature of shunga composition because of its oban format, the exaggeration of the genitalia and the 'zooming in' on the subjects." Excerpt from P.109, Japanese Erotic Fantasies, Uhlenbeck & Winkel.
"The exaggerated size of the man's genitalia seems to provide a strong horizontal emphasis in the compositional quality of the design. The placement of the screen in the lower right corner is a compositional device appearing in half of the designs of this set: it creates a diagonal line that contrasts the orientation of the sexual activity." Excerpt from P.111, Japanese Erotic Fantasies, Uhlenbeck & Winkel.
An exemplary Koryusai work of erotic art from this highly-sought-after and very rare shunga series!
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