“A marvellous image representing the mythical figure Minamoto no Yorimasa who is transfigured from the painting (look at the white spots!) into the male body and making love to a female deity.”
She is holding a lotus flower. The tattoo on the left arm of the deity most probably is one of Kunisada’s hidden signatures.
Reference: p.68 and 105 (Fig.138) in Strangers in Paradise by Richard Lane.
This whole series is also described and portrayed in the book A Harlot’s Account of Vernal Love: A Journal of Defloration (Shunjo gidan mizuagecho), published by D.M. Richardson (1994).
One of the best Kunisada designs in this series ! Very rare !
Original antique Japanese color woodblock print. Shunga (Spring picture).