Isoda Koryūsai: A couple smoke a pipe and flirt
Artist: Isoda Koryūsai
Title: A couple smoke a pipe and flirt
Date: ca. 1770
A woman puffs on a shared pipe will casting a searing glance at her lover. This is probably the first sheet for a 12-leaf erotic album. We do get a titillating glimpse of the lady’s private parts, a deliberate peek by the artist. A couple enjoys smoking on the veranda of a house by a bay. The smoke coming out of her mouth forms a loop of kana script, signifying a word relating the scene. Their intimate conversation is written. Branches of plum indicate early spring.
Condition: Very good impression and condition, good color.
Signature: unsigned, as usual