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Isoda Koryûsai (1735-1790)

A summer family scene before an open window: Mother and son are writing a poem for the tanabata festival; the father tightly holds his vivid son while making love with his wife.

Title: Fuzuki (7th month)

Series: Fûryû jûniki no eika (Prosperous Flowers of the Elegant Twelve Months)

Date: ca. 1772/73

Size: Chûban, 18,7 x 25,2 cm

Very fine impression, still nice colours, with relief printing. At upper and right side somewhat trimmed. Upper margin and lower right corner a tiny bit finger-stained, otherwise very good condition. Rare item.

Fig. in Klompmakers, Japanese erotic prints. Shunga by Harunobu & Koryûsai, Leiden 2008 (2.A.), p 113, No. D.5. Calza, Poem of the Pillow and other stories. London/New York 2010, Fig. p 183. Compare also Uhlenbeck/Winkel, Japanese Erotic Fantasies, Amsterdam 2005, pp 106. British Museum, Inv.No. 1972,0724,06.