Ten tanzaku (tall narrow cards for printing poetry), each consisting of two panels of thick paper joined at head, the upper card with an erotic color-printed woodcut, the lower with printed kyoka poetry. EROTIC TANZAKU CARDS.
Ten tanzaku (tall narrow cards for printing poetry), each consisting of two panels of thick paper joined at head, the upper card with an erotic color-printed woodcut, the lower with printed kyoka poetry.

Ten tanzaku (tall narrow cards for printing poetry), each consisting of two panels of thick paper joined at head, the upper card with an erotic color-printed woodcut, the lower with printed kyoka poetry.

Ten cards (181 x 50 mm.), all preserved in the orig. folded color-printed wrapper, entitled on upper panel Furyu e tanzaku [Elegantly Illustrated Tanzaku Cards]. [Japan: Meiji Era].

Ten erotic cards, issued together, each in the tanzaku ban format, and accompanied by their original color-printed wrapper. Tanzaku cards were popular in the Meiji era (1868-1912); see Rosina Buckland’s “Erotic Art of the Meiji Era (1868-1912)” in Timothy Clark et al., eds., Shunga. Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art (British Museum: 2013), pp. 454-55.

The upper panel of each is very finely color-printed with saturated inks, embossing, and rich use of metallic pigments, revealing the Japanese printer’s art at its best. They all depict men and women engaged in a series of sexual acts. The woodblock-printed lower panels feature the conversations of the couples while engaged in their sexual acts and kyoka poems, which are rich in sexual innuendos and racy double-meanings.

The original wrapperthat contains the ten cards has also been very finely color-printed, again with saturated colors and embossing.

In fine condition.

Price: $2,500.00

Item ID: 7720