春画 : shunga

shunga (春画): japanese erotic pictures, mostly woodcut, and very vintage.



any ancient forms of erotic/pornographic/sexual art are so fascinating...
it seems like such an essential part of human nature, almost.

shunga, in particular, is so exciting, because of the contrast between their delicate lines (and clothing) and the unabashedly vulgar content.

i love the subtle, euphimistic manner (so asian, esp. japanese/korean) of calling these pictures "shunga", contrasted against the boldness of the picture.
shun ga=春画= literally meaning, Spring Picture ;
spring being a common euphimism for sex.
(they also call prostitution 賣春, "selling spring").

a few on top are by the ukiyo-e master, hokusai,
famous for his fuji mountain series.
( i've also posted this particular shunga by him a few posts ago. )