Koryûsai: Lovers a tergoKoryûsai: Lovers a tergo
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Isoda Koryûsai (1735-1790)

Lovers “a tergo” on a futon, the woman clinging to a neckroll bolster. Behind the couple a folded bedding cover.

Series: Untitled

Date: c. 1770/71

Size: Horizontal Chûban, 18,3 x 25,5 cm

Fine impression, with embossing, in very good colours. A little trimmed at top. Some soiling and rubbing, mostly in marginal areas. A few small binding holes and a small wormhole in right margin restored. Overall still very good age-appropriate condition. Rare.

Cf. Evans, Shunga, New York/London (1975), p. 175 and ills. 6.18-19. Brea/Kondo, Ukiyo-e Prints and Paintings from the Early Masters to Shunshô, Genoa 1980, p. 205ff. Klompmakers, Japanese erotic prints. Shunga by Harunobu & Koryûsai, Leiden 2008 (2nd ed.). p. 78ff. Uhlenbeck/Winkel, Japanese Erotic Fantasies, Amsterdam 2005. p. 100f. Calza, Poem of the Pillow and other stories. London/New York 2010, p. 177.