1845 - UTAGAWA - Shunga - Octopus - Ecstasy
Authentic Edo period original, c.1845, Japanese erotic art shunga woodblock print picture by an artist of the UTAGAWA School. From the shunga series, Uotori (fish & bird) ajiwai (taste) kurabe (comparison). An interesting - and if not odd - shunga with each scene in the book comparing the sexual organs/acts of the lovers to either fish and/or birds. Hence, the animal cartouche at the top corner of each shunga picture. The author is Insuitei.
Shunga woodblock print picture measures 17.5 cm x 21.6 cm. Very good colors and impressions. Condition is good with some light wear and soiling, wormage at bottom border, slight repairs at mid/bottom right on reverse. No backing. Please see and judge from photos.
A fantastic shunga woodblock print picture of two lovers caught in a moment of ecstatic rapture! The ever-faithful octopus adorns the cartouche at top right.
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