Delighted Couple

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“A superb cinematographic-like shot of an excited couple shown from the waist up wonderfully set against a dark blue ground.”

The man looking at the woman has put his arm into her kimono’s opening and while she is trying to stop him, she smiles and covers her mouth.


p.124/125 in Kuniyoshi no Shunga (Bessatsy Taiyou) by Yoshihiko Shirakura and Shugo Asano.

p.158 (Fig. 158) in Shunga, the Erotic Art of Japan by M. Fagioli.

p.448/449 in Poem of the Pillow and Other Stories by Utamaro, Hokusai, Kuniyoshi...etc. by Gian Carlo Calza.

This design was also used as the book cover on a Japanese book on Kuniyoshi.

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

Additional Information

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) or Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)

Date: c.1838

Size: 11 3/4” x 9 1/5” inches

Series: Edo nishiki-e azuma bunko (Edo Brocades, The Eastern Library)

Impression: Fine (Highly detailed carving with superb use of metallic pigments and gaufrage)

Color: Fine

Condition: Near fine (Some transfer staining, minor marks and flaws but overall in a wonderful state!)

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