shunga (Scope note)

Shunga ('spring pictures') are explicitly erotic Japanese paintings, prints and book illustrations produced in large quantities, mainly during the Edo period (1600-1868). Most examples are by Ukiyo-e or 'Floating World' school artists such as Utamaro and Hokusai. The additional Object Names 'painting', 'print' or 'illustrated book' should be added as appropriate. The Subject 'eroticism/sex' should also be entered.