Shunga - Erotica

Shunga is a Japanese term for erotic pictures. Translated literally, Shunga means "picture of spring" (Spring being a euphemism for sex). In the Edo period it was enjoyed by rich and poor, men and women and despite being out of favour with the Shogunate, carried very little stigma. Shunga was often made into pillow books as well as single prints and on porcelain and ceramics.

Shunga was made by all ukiyo-e artists. It was more profitable than "normal" art. Few shunga prints however bear signatures or seals. At times, they were subject to an official censorship. In practice, restrictions in producing and selling erotic shunga art, were never very strict. But most artists may have considered it wise to publish their works anonymously.

Classifying shunga as a kind of pornography can be misleading in this respect. They were used for sex education of young men and women. It was even a tradition that the bride of a daimyo - a high-standing feudal lord - brought a collection of shunga prints together with their wedding furniture.

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Shunga Woodblock Print


Late Edo period ca 1860

Print Size 215mm x 145mm

Paper Size 245mm x 165mm

Price $127


Shunga Woodblock Print


Late Edo period ca 1860

Print Size 215mm x 145mm

Paper Size 245mm x 165mm

Price $169



Pillow Book


1920's Shunga Pillow Book

Size 105mm x 155mm

Price $395

Contains 12 pictures Click on image to see them all....

Pillow Book


1890's Shunga Pillow Book

Size 180mm x 240mm

Price $895

Contains 14 pictures Click on image to see them all....

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Shunga Sake Cup Set of 4


Height 28mm

Width 48mm

Age ca 1890's


Sold as a set $495

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Woodblock Print - Shunga 5


ca 1880

Size 28cm x 39cm

Price $295

Woodblock Print - Shunga 3


ca 1870

Size 26cm x 38cm

Price $245