Japanese Erotic Art: The Hidden World of Shunga

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Japanese erotic art, or shunga , has a long history, with thousands of high-quality paintings, prints, handscrolls and illustrated books produced by artists both celebrated and anonymous, mostly from the late 17th to the 19th century. Frequently explicit, but also tender, sensuous and humorous, even educational, shunga celebrates all facets of human sexuality - male, female, heterosexual and same-sex.

In a dazzling diversity of images drawn from his own unrivalled collection, Ofer Shagan shows us the full spectrum of sexual practice and expression, including nudity, voyeurism, homosexuality and lesbianism, orgasm, adultery and jealousy, gods, supernatural creatures and animals, and much else. Organized thematically, this book highlights the symbols and motifs, often hidden in the background of the art, which are crucial for a proper understanding and appreciation of this genre. With over 1,000 illustrations, all specially photographed and many rarely or never published previously, this beautifully produced book explores the intimate riches of shunga in a way no other publication has done before. This is a beautifully produced book, with heavy, toned paper, gorgeous printing and special rice paper and stitched covers.

Paperback, 472 Pages, Published 2013

Author: Ofer Shagan


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