fl. 1781 - 1801
Waters of Edo: At a Teahouse
(Edo no mizu)
the man, probably a customer at a brothel or teahouse, awkwardly grips a womans shoulders as he enters her from behind, she coolly endures his clumsy advances, overturned tea cup and saucer to the left, in the background is a large tsuitate standing screen decorated with a stylized wave pattern, ca. 1795-97
oban yoko-e 10 1/8 by 15 1/4 in., 25.6 by 38.6 cm
He seems to be a returning customer: "I was very eager to see you, whenever I see you I just want to do you, Oshita-san! What a name you came up with!" ('shita' or 'to do it', so her name is suggestive). She tries to hold him off: "Yes but there might be someone coming here so please let me go, I'm not saying I don't want to do it, please wait until dusk or evening, I will close the shop ..." he is impatient: "As I am babbling, I am already entirely inside of you" although she protests: "Hey wait, you're hurting me." With this exchange, it is unclear if she is the teahouse waitress or proprietor. Nor is it clear if this is her boyfriend or a 'regular' paying lover (najimi). What is clear, however, is that she is not objecting to the act of sex, but the timing of it.
Highlights of Japanese Printmaking Part 4: Shunga, Scholten Japanese Art, 2014, cat. no. 36
Shirakura Yoshihiko, Eiri shunga ehon mokuroku, 2007, p. 91
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