“An ama (aka. awabi) diver is having intercourse with her lover. The basket with her catch stands behind them.”
Look for the magnificent printing details such as the use of ‘bokashi’-shading and the highly detailed carving of the individual hair-lines.
Ukiyo-e expert dr. Richard Lane comments the following on the original Hokusai design in Lovemaking at New Year’s (aka The Adonis Plant):
The print is literally filled to the edges with this loving pair of fisher folk, a basketful of sea-shells seen at left. The diving-girl insists that the rumors of an affair with another fisherman are lies – and her lover agrees to leave the matter unsettled as he enjoys a passionate bout of sex. The fisherman’s stylized cloak and the diving-girl’s long, raven locks add much to the effectiveness of the design, balanced by the red petticoat and the basket of shellfish (a traditional symbol of the vulva).
Although it is probably not Hokusai’s source, let us turn for a change to the world of Kamigata [Kyoto/Osaka] ukiyo-e, to a minor masterpiece of Settei, on the same theme, but dating from fully two generations earlier. Here, the fisherman makes love at boat side, baskets of shellfish at left, and distracting child at right. (As will be noted from the text at top, this volume is an erotic parody of kaibara Ekken’s classic didactic work, Onna daigaku)”. Antique Japanese color woodblock.