1820 SHIGENOBU Japanese woodblock print - Gay Shunga
Authentic Edo period original, c. late 1820s, Japanese shunga homoerotic art woodblock print picture by Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1832). From the shunga woodblock print series, Yanagi no arashi (Willow Storm). Large, Oban-sized shunga picture measuring approximately 38.6 cm x 25.5 cm. Very good colors and impressions. Condition is excellent, a true museum-quality piece, not only in regards to its condition but scarcity, as well. Virtually blemish-free antique gay shunga woodblock print artwork! Nice touch of silver mica (metallic pigments) on the tapestry and headdress of the kagema (male prostitute). No backing. Please see and judge from photos.
An extremely rare work of gay shunga art; an older, unattractive male client having anal intercourse with a kagema (male prostitute). As was typical, the young kabuki kagema is dressed like a female. More about this piece: "the burly patron scowls as he pushes his tongue past the young man's lips while simultaneously penetrating him; the composition is framed by the edge of a folding screen which is draped with a garment decorated with a pattern of plovers and waves which are embellished with (silver mica) metallic printing, the white collar of the wakashu's (young man's) underobe with karazuri ('blind printing') geometric pattern." Excerpt from The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga, Hayashi Yoshikazu.
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