Shunga - Shunga is a Japanese term for erotic pictures. Some scholars believe that the first shunga were inspired by Chinese medical manuals. Shunga prints grew in popularity in the early 18th century and the production of shunga peaked in the golden age of the print period in the late 19th century. Many ukiyo-e artists did shunga in addition to their normal specialties. The works sold well and, often at higher prices than the normal genre. So, artists had an incentive to delve into the realm of shunga. Often of very high quality and with great sensitivity to the subject, the best artists produced shunga of remarkable beauty. Shunga were rarely signed as collectors in the field know. Some of the noted artists in the field were; Moronobu, Hokusai, Shigenobu and the great Utamaro.
Comments - A rare and interesting paper toy print of an articulated paper man and woman printed on both sides. Knots bind the individually printed pieces of each figure together and allow them to move and to be posed. These shunga toy prints are very rarely seen.
Artist - Edo era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 4" x 2 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail. Some minor soiling. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.