Striking Freak Show – Circus Act

Item No.: P3519
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"A very unusual shunga image featuring a female with an unusual-shaped sex organ who is on display in a sideshow.”

Behind the woman one can see an exhibition poster. These kind of shows were not uncommon in Edo at the time but are very rarely depicted in shunga.

Reference: on p.201 (Fig.77) in ‘Japanese Erotic Art, the Hidden World of Shunga’ by Ofer Shagan

Original antique Japanese color woodblock. Shunga (Erotic picture).

Additional Information

Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865)

Date: c.1850s

Size: 6” x 8 4/5” inches

Series: : 'Shiki no sugatami’ (Viewing Forms in the Four Seasons)

Impression: Fine (with excellent use of metallic pigments and embossing)

Color: Very good

Condition: Near fine (Tiny wormholes (tissue backed) mainly margin. Minor marks and flaws)

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