Unknown

(Japan  – )

Handscroll with preliminary drawings for erotic images ('shunga')

Location
Not on display
Further information

The hand scroll contains 12 scenes of erotic encounters between couples of various social classes. The figures are delineated with fluid brushstrokes in black ink, while limbs and faces are accentuated with pink colour. Their garments are roughly sketched and coloured as customary for preliminary drawings. Notes written in 'katakana' give indications for the final appearance of the textile patterns.

The painting style is eclectic as it contains elements of various traditions such as the Maruyama-Shijo school and ukiyoe 'nikuhitsue' as well as Nihonga. The work can therefore be dated to the late 19th to early 20th century.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2010.

Place of origin
Japan
Year
late 19th century-early 20th century
Media
Painting, Drawing
Medium
handscroll; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
24.9 x 431.3 cm
Credit
Gift of Lesley Kehoe Galleries 2010
Accession number
125.2010