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Subject:Japanese Shunga Woodblock Prints
Posted By: Rick R. Fri, May 13, 2022 IP:

Dear Forum Members,

I purchased two sets of miniature Japanese Shunga woodblock prints from an antiques dealer in Connecticut. He purchased them from an elderly Japanese-American woman. There are 11 in this first set. Each one has a mirror with Kangi and a painting in the background that I think includes the couple (one or both). They measure 5” by 3.75”. Excellent colors, impressions, block lines and embossing, embellished with metallic pigments. From my research, I believe they were made by a member of the Utagawa school, perhaps Kunisada (I) -> Toyokuni (III).

The dealer put them in clear hard plastic sleeves. Should I keep them in these sleeves or is there a better method of storing them? I am keeping them out of direct light in a cabinet for the time being.

Any thoughts on artist, date, significance of paintings in the backgrounds, and preservation are most appreciated!

Kind regards,

Subject:Re: Japanese Shunga Woodblock Prints
Posted By: Rick R. Fri, May 13, 2022

Here are photos of the back of the Shunga prints. | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |