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shungaisart - 1850 - Kunisada - Shunga - Japanese woodblock print - Fox New Year Ritual

1850 - Kunisada - Shunga - Fox New Year Ritual

SKU : han3311

Authentic Edo period original, from the Kaei period (1848 - 1853), Japanese erotic art shunga woodblock print picture by Kunisada Utagawa (1786-1865).  From the shunga series, Shunshoku Tamazoroi (An Assortment of Pleasure in Spring).  Shunga picture measures 24.5 cm x 28.9 cm.  Very good colors and impressions.  Condition is decent with some wear, soiling, wormage, thin washi (Japanesse rice paper) backing.  Please see and judge from photos.


A great scene from this highly-acclaimed series, Shunshoku Tamazoroi.  During a rain storm at New Year's Eve,  a fox procession is on their way to a particular tree near Oji Inari Shrine to receive new orders for the coming year.  Like many native cultures of North America, the Japanese believed foxes to be super-natural trick creatures of this world and beyond.   


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