Jun 07, 2017 - Sale 2450

Sale 2450 - Lot 419

Price Realized: $ 2,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(EROTICA--JAPANESE.) Edo period Japanese shunga scroll depicting 10 different erotic scenes in the ukiyo-e style. Sumi ink, watercolor and gofun wash highlighted with silver and gold on six joined sheets of Japanese laid paper; woven silk terminal edge, mounted to silk covered wooden dowel. 12 1/2x202 inches overall size; new ties, restored and backed with thin tissue stabilizing the sheets while repairing several small tears and minor worm tracks; mineral pigment oxidation through the verso of sheets. [Japan, late 18th century]

Additional Details

No text or titles appear, only ten softly outlined couples explicitly engaged in various positions of the act. Several male figures wear courtly head dresses and each of the women have the painted whiteness of a geisha. The head of one woman is entirely bald; the participants' wonderfully patterned kimono robes lie hastily cast off about them.