Abuna-e

Abuna-e
Item# SEXTOART014

Product Description

Abuna-e

Erotic or suggestive pictures. Derived from the word "abunai " meaning dangerous or risque. More explicit works of art are called *shunga t. Abuna-e capture glimpses of nude or partially nude females involved in everyday activities such as bathing, washing their hair, enjoying the cool of the evening, or putting on makeup. Often a sudden gust of wind, small child, or even an animal such as a monkey or cat has playfully pulled the woman's robes apart revealing her legs, thighs, or breasts. It is thought that abuna-e were created in 1772, after the government banned more explicit erotica, and the peak of their popularity, around the middle of the 18c, supports this assumption. Because their message is implicit, some people consider abuna-e more truly erotic than the explicitly sexual shunga. Many were designed by woodblock print artists Ishikawa Toyonobu (1711-85), Torii Kiyomitsu (1735-85), and Kiyohiro (fl.1737-76) as *beni-e prints. Other artists such as Suzuki Harunobu (1724-70), Isoda Koryuusai (fl.c.1764-880), and Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) produced abuna-e as multi-colored *nishiki-e. Most *ukiyo-e designers of *bijinga also produced abuna-e.