This rare Edo period (江戸時代 1603~ 1868) silk covered accordian-fold book is hand painted on rice paper. The title and artist's seal appear on the cover. It is 9 5/8" long, 7 1/4" wide and 1" thick. The opening pages (both verso and recto) from either direction are blank, gold flaked rice paper; the end pages (bother verso and recto) are plain rice paper. The book contains 12 paintings, 6 paintings on each side. Every painting is 9 3/8" X 12 1/2" since each painting occupies both the verso and recto pages of the book. Aside from some soil and a few dark spots on the cover, it is in excellent condition.
Shunga (春画) is the Japanese term for erotic art. During the Edo Period, a unique Japanese art developed known as ukiyo-e, or "pictures of the floating world." Usually executed in woodblock print format. But there are extant and rare erotic painted hand scrolls which predate ukiyo-e.
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