Shunga were usually part of albums and light center folds are the norm. It is also common to have light soiling around the edges due to use.
Woman of successful mercantile household entertaining her lover. Man comments " It feels like an octopus sticking to my hand, such a high quality vagina. Her comments " Feels so good, like eating all treat (sweets) at one time. No words to explaine it. So satisfied again. My forty-four bones are melting"
About the artist
A native of Edo, Eizan Kikugawa was born as Toshinobu Omiya in 1787. He began his artistic career studying with his father Eiji Kikugawa, a Kano painter and fan maker, before pursuing printmaking under Hokusai’s pupil Hokkei. From the start of the 19th century to his retirement, Eizan was leading artist of bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) and shunga woodblocks (erotic prints). He is considered the founder of the Kikugawa style. After 1830, he worked almost exclusively as a painter until his death in 1867.
Eizan admired and followed in the footsteps of Utamaro, despite the fact that he never trained with him. Working primarily in the genre of bijin-ga, Eizan captures beautiful women with sensibility and lyricism, imbuing them with an elegance and graceful classicality. Though the increased demand for ukiyo-e during the early 19th century caused some artists to rush their designs, Eizan resisted this pressure, maintaining impeccable design skills throughout his career.
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist. - Albert Einstein