“A mature courtesan is seducing a reluctant (look at the amusing facial expression!) young male.”
A superbly enigmatic image of an unusual intimate encounter. The man is either a kagema (a male prostitute who often wore female clothing), an onnagata (male actor performing female roles) or a hermaphrodite (the striking breasts!). In the background lays an opened shungabook that most probably functioned as an introduction for the young man.
Very rare !
Original antique Japanese color woodblock. Shunga (literally: ‘Spring picture’).