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Japanese Erotic Art: The Hidden World of Shunga

Ofer Shagan Mark Halpern



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Thames & Hudson Ltd
01 November 2013
Oriental art; Erotic art
Japanese erotic art, or shunga , has a long history, with thousands of high- quality paintings, prints, handscrolls and illustrated books produced by artists both celebrated and anonymous, mostly from the late seventeenth to the nineteenth century. Frequently explicit, but also tender, sensuous and humorous, even educational, shunga - a euphemism meaning 'picture of spring' - celebrates all facets of human sexuality. In a dazzling diversity of images drawn from his own unrivalled collection, Ofer Shagan shows us the full spectrum of sexual practice and expression, including nudity and clothing, voyeurism, gods, monsters and animals, orgasm, adultery and jealousy, and much else. Organized thematically, this book highlights the symbols and motifs, often hidden in the background of the art, which are crucial for a proper understanding and appreciation of this genre. With over 1,000 illustrations, all specially photographed and many rarely or never published previously, this beautifully produced book explores the intimate riches of shunga in a way no other publication has done before.
By:   Ofer Shagan
Edited by:   Mark Halpern
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 275mm,  Width: 222mm,  Spine: 42mm
Weight:   1.950kg
ISBN:   9780500291177
ISBN 10:   0500291179
Pages:   472
Publication Date:   01 November 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ofer Shagan has written several books on aspects of his collection, including Mudmee Ikat of Thailand and South East Asian Art and History, as well as over a hundred articles in periodicals concerning history, culture and art, including extensive works about shunga.

Reviews for Japanese Erotic Art: The Hidden World of Shunga

'Fun to read and there are a huge number of extraordinary images' - Literary Review

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