Japanese erotic art, or shunga , has a long history, with thousands of high- quality paintings, prints, handscrolls and illustrated books produced by artists both celebrated and anonymous, mostly from the late seventeenth to the nineteenth century.
Frequently explicit, but also tender, sensuous and humorous, even educational, shunga - a euphemism meaning `picture of spring' - celebrates all facets of human sexuality. In a dazzling diversity of images drawn from his own unrivalled collection, Ofer Shagan shows us the full spectrum of sexual practice and expression, including nudity and clothing, voyeurism, gods, monsters and animals, orgasm, adultery and jealousy, and much else. Organized thematically, this book highlights the symbols and motifs, often hidden in the background of the art, which are crucial for a proper understanding and appreciation of this genre. With over 1,000 illustrations, all specially photographed and many rarely or never published previously, this beautifully produced book explores the intimate riches of shunga in a way no other publication has done before.
Over de auteur:
Ofer Shagan is a man of many talents. He has lived in Japan for 27 years, establishing a number of successful companies. Presently, he concentrates his time on a development project in the South Pacific paradise of Vanuatu, and serves its government as a diplomat and political advisor. Following his childhood love of art and antiquities, he has been a dealer in antique art. His extensive collections, mainly from South-East Asia, India, Mongolia, Vanuatu and Japan, have been displayed in highly respected museums. Shagan has authored several books, including Mudmee Ikat of Thailand (1999) and South East Asian Art and History (2000), and over a hundred articles in periodicals concerning history, culture and art, including extensive works about shunga.
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