Onnagata - Hermaphrodite

Item No.: P2851
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“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’).

Additional Information

Artist: Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787–1832)

Date: 1830 (Year of the Tiger)

Size: ca. 13” x 9 3/4” inches

Series: Ama no ukibashi (The Floating Bridge of Heaven)

Impression: Fine (Magnificent metallic (silver and gold) and gauffrage printing techniques have been applied to various areas of the print)

Color: Very good

Condition: Very good (Minor marks and flaws)

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