Henteko Na Shunga

Publisher Seigensha

ISBN 9784861525384

Idea Code 16147

This densely illustrated book offers an exhaustive pictorial history of shunga, a Japanese term for erotic art. Most shunga are a type of ukiyo-e, produced between the 16th and 19th centuries and usually executed in woodblock print format. Almost all ukiyo-e artists created examples of shunga at some point in their careers, and the images vary widely in their depictions of sexuality, involving not only heterosexual couplings, but also massively exaggerated genitalia, animals and supernatural beasts, and orgies. Shunga was probably enjoyed by both men and women of all classes, and followed the aesthetics of contemporary urban life in the artists’ appeal to the rising chōnin class.

ills colour & bw, 21 x 15 cm, pb, Japanese


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