Isoda Koryūsai: Samurai making love to a young man.
Artist: Isoda Koryūsai
Title: Samurai making love to a young man.
Date: ca. 1770-1771
From an untitled erotic series, we see a samurai erotically engaging a young man dressed in feminine robes. As Inge Klompmakers writes in Japanese erotic prints: shunga by Harunobu & Koryûsai, “Homosexuality was a common phenomenon in Japan, especially in the cities, and the joy of homosexual love was a popular subject in the literary works of the time”. Homosexuality was known as nanshoku, or “male love”.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Center fold and minor surface soil.
Literature: See Inge Klompmakers’ Japanese erotic prints: shunga by Harunobu & Koryûsai,page 96, catalog number C9.
Signature: unsigned, as usual