Two Lovers and Shamisen, Shunga


Artist: Unspecified
Title: Two Lovers and Shamisen
Date: Early 19th century
Dimensions: 38.1 x 25.4 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Shunga (lit. 'springtime pictures') are graphic images, woodblock prints or ink paintings, picturing intimate, erotic activity. The images emphasise joyful facial expressions and feature excessive genitals of both male and female partners. Primarily, erotic pictures were used for viewing and sharing with close friends or partners as well as providing sexual education for young couples. Shunga depicted sexual pleasure or female sexuality as an important matter worth to be acknowledged and encouraged.


In this print, an elaborately dressed courtesan and her lover enjoy their intimate moment together. In the background lays forgotten a shamisen, a Japanese musical instrument that is often depicted in pictures of the floating world.

More Information
Print FormatOban (Horizontal)
SubjectBeauty & Female, Samurai & Male, Male & Female, Shunga Erotica
Size38.1 x 25.4 cm
Condition ReportHoles (some restored), vertical fold, stains.