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Shunga

Stages of Desire
by Honolulu Museum of Art and Stephan Jost
Rizzoli

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Pub Date: 2014
Format: Hardback with color illus.
Pages: 312 pp.
Size: 8.00 x 11.25 inches

ISBN: 9780847843794
TB Code: 1808103
Availability: 523 in stock

A gorgeous presentation devoted to the art of Japanese eroticism, drawn from the Honolulu Museum of Art's rare and distinguished collection. The Japanese paintings and prints called shunga (literally spring pictures) reflected the thriving sexual culture of early modern Japan and depicted with sensitivity and nuance the private lives of various social types, from courtesans and Kabuki actors to ordinary townspeople.

These fascinating works, dating from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, explore Japan's sexual culture (including issues of gender and the country's ever-evolving sex industry) with humour as well as a surprisingly sophisticated literary and art-historical approach. Sure to become a collector's item, this gorgeously designed publication offers stunning colour plates showcasing numerous and unusual examples of exquisite Japanese erotica.