text at beginning of scroll on yellow paper; ink paintings on paper of three scenes on two sheets of paper, each scene with a couple kissing or engaging in intercourse; ink and colors on silk paintings of couples engaged in intercourse

Erotic Scenes, mid- to late 18th century

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Comprising 12 scenes of lovemaking, the scroll begins with a list of erotic books from China and Japan, playfully creating an air of connoisseurship. The first three scenes, in which couples of an imagined classical China are engaged in various stages of intimacy, are painted in ink on paper, while the following nine episodes, showing Japanese couples of the past and present, are executed in colors on silk. This exhibition is the first public display of this artwork.

Details
Title
Erotic Scenes
Artist Life
1710 - 1786
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.131
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text at beginning of scroll on yellow paper; ink paintings on paper of three scenes on two sheets of paper, each scene with a couple kissing or engaging in intercourse; ink and colors on silk paintings of couples engaged in intercourse