Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art

, 'Untitled erotic picture,' Mid 1680s, British Museum

Sugimura Jihei

Untitled erotic picture, Mid 1680s

British Museum

, 'Mare ni au koi 稀ニ逢恋  (Love that Rarely Meets),' ca. 1793-1794, British Museum

Kitagawa Utamaro

Mare ni au koi 稀ニ逢恋 (Love that Rarely Meets), ca. 1793-1794

British Museum

, 'Sexual dalliance between man and geisha,' ca. 1711-16, British Museum

Nishikawa Sukenobu

Sexual dalliance between man and geisha, ca. 1711-16

British Museum

, 'Genji goshu- yojo (Lasting Impressions of a Late Genji Collection),' ca. 1857-61, British Museum

Utagawa Toyokuni III (Utagawa Kunisada)

Genji goshu- yojo (Lasting Impressions of a Late Genji Collection), ca. 1857-61

British Museum

, 'Lovers in the upstairs room of a teahouse, from Utamakura (Poem of the Pillow),' ca. 1788, British Museum

Kitagawa Utamaro

Lovers in the upstairs room of a teahouse, from Utamakura (Poem of the Pillow), ca. 1788

British Museum

, 'Detail taken from Sode no maki (Handscroll for the Sleeve),' ca. 1785, British Museum

Torii Kiyonaga

Detail taken from Sode no maki (Handscroll for the Sleeve), ca. 1785

British Museum

, 'Young woman dreaming of Ise Monogatari,' ca. early 19th Century, British Museum

Chobunsai Eishi

Young woman dreaming of Ise Monogatari, ca. early 19th Century

British Museum

, '‘Fancy-free type’ (Uwaki no so), from the series Ten Types in the Physiognomic Study of Women (Fujin sogaku juttai),' ca. 1792-3, British Museum

Kitagawa Utamaro

‘Fancy-free type’ (Uwaki no so), from the series Ten Types in the Physiognomic Study of Women (Fujin sogaku juttai), ca. 1792-3

British Museum