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MFA Images: Erotica

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  • Lovers (mithuna)

    13th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    15.9 x 7.6 cm (6 1/4 x 3 in.)

    Medium

    Ivory

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    1987.622

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    Asia

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  • High-handled drinking cup (kantharos) with erotic scenes

    about 520–510 B.C.

    Potter Nikosthenes

    Description

    Side A and B: Erotic scenes. An orgy is in progress: the figures danced around and grab at each other. The youth at far right (on the other side) wields a sandal with sadistic intent. On the floor are shoes and a basin; on the wall a birdcage, a flute-case, and a dildo. The inscriptions in the fields are meaningless.

    Around the edge of the base the inscription "Nikosthenes made [it]" (NIKOSTHENES EPOIE[S]EN). Signed by Nikosthenes as potter and thus attributed to the "Nikosthenes Painter".

    Condition: Slightly restored

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x diameter: 16.2 x 20.3 cm (6 3/8 x 8 in.) Other (With handles): 24 x 28 cm (9 7/16 x 11 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    95.61

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    The Ancient World

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  • Erotic figures

    332 B.C.–A.D. 337

    Description

    Faience ithyphallic male and female in an erotic pose. The male is missing the head. The faience is blue glazed. They are standing on a base. The surface of the base is chipped in the corner.

    Details

    Dimensions

    height x width x length (height including base): 3.1 x 1.7 x 7.7 cm (1 1/4 x 11/16 x 3 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    66.323

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    The Ancient World

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  • Scenes of Dalliance in Interior Settings

    late Kan'ei (1624–44) to Kanbun (1661–73) eras

    Kano School, Japanese Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 32.5 x 530.8cm (12 13/16 x 209in.) Image: 32.5 x 457.3 cm (12 13/16 x 180 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Handscroll; ink, color, gold, and silver on paper - ivory roller ends

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.230

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    Asia

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  • Kôken tei no monko Yuge no Dôkyô kensei no zu

    1865 (Keiô 1)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige III, Japanese, 1842–1894 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 42 x 873.2 cm (16 9/16 x 343 3/4 in.); length includes width of roller

    Medium

    Handscroll; ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.231

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  • Erotic Contest of Flowers

    Hôei era (1704–11)

    Torii Kiyonobu I, Japanese, 1664–1729 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 39 x 536.9 cm (15 3/8 x 211 3/8 in.) Image: 34.8 x 507.8 cm (13 11/16 x 199 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Handscroll; ink, color, gold, and silver on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.234

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  • Pictures to Quench the Fire and Avoid Bewitchment

    about late An'ei (1772–81) to Tenmei (1781–89) eras

    Tsukioka Sessai, Japanese, died in 1839 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 38.7 x 618 cm (15 1/4 x 243 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Section of a handscroll; ink, color, gold and silver on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.235

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  • Incantations to the Female-Male Principle

    An'ei era (1772–81)

    Tsukioka Settei, Japanese, 1710–1786 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 27.8 x 412 cm (10 15/16 x 162 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Handscroll; ink, color, gold, and mica on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.242

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  • The Promise of Spring

    about late Genroku era (1688–1704)

    School of Hishikawa Moronobu, Japanese, died 1694 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 32.5 x 132.5cm (12 13/16 x 52 3/16in.)

    Medium

    Section from a handscroll; ink, color, gold, and silver on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.254

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    Asia

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  • Brocades of the Capital

    Kyôhô (1716–36) to Genbun (1736–41) eras

    Nishikawa Sukenobu, Japanese, 1671–1750 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 39.1 x 190.2 cm (15 3/8 x 74 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Unmounted handscroll; ink, color, gold, and mica on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.255

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    Asia

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  • One Man Making Love to Ten Women

    About Kyôwa (1801–04) to early Bunka (1804–18) eras

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 42.3 x 59.9 cm (16 5/8 x 23 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    A section from a handscroll; ink, color, gold, and mica on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.275

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    Asia

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  • Erotic Paintings

    Nishikawa Sukenobu, Japanese, 1671–1750 Japanese

    Description
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    Medium

    Album; ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.300

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    Asia

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  • Five Couplings, Five Seductions

    Meiwa era (1764–72)

    Attributed to Tsukioka Settei, Japanese, 1710–1786 Japanese

    Description
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    Medium

    Album; ink, color, gold, and mica on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.301

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    Asia

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  • Ukiyonosuke Meets Ofuji and Osen, No. 1 from the erotic series...

    about 1765–70 (Meiwa 2–7)

    Artist Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770 Japanese

    Description

    One of twenty woodblock prints mounted as a handscroll, from Mane'emon and other series.
    MFA impressions: 11.19516, RES.09.318.1

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal chûban

    Medium

    Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    RES.09.318.1

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    Asia , Prints and Drawings

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  • Sexy Robes of the Bedchamber

    Shôtoku era (1711–16)

    Okumura Masanobu, Japanese, 1686–1764 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    32.0 x 470.2 cm (12 5/8 x 185 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Handscroll; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.241

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    Asia

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  • No. 20 from the erotic series The Amorous Adventures of...

    about 1769–70 (Meiwa 6–7)

    Artist Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770 Japanese

    Description

    A revamped erotic print with the genitalia removed.
    MFA impressions: 21.4511 (altered), RES.09.318.18 (unaltered)

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal chûban; 20.6 x 28 cm (8 1/8 x 11 in.)

    Medium

    Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.4511

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    Asia , Prints and Drawings

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  • Lovers

    1908

    Abraham Walkowitz, American (born in Russia), 1878–1965 American

    Description
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    Medium

    Monotye, printed in brown

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    40.681

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    Americas , Prints and Drawings

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  • The Lovers

    1913

    Käthe Kollwitz, German, 1867–1945 German

    Description

    Plaster model. Seated figure holds youth in lap.

    Details

    Dimensions

    74.29 x 45.72 x 48.26 cm (29 1/4 x 18 x 19 in.)

    Medium

    Plaster

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    58.390

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    Europe

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  • Two Nudes (Lovers)

    1913

    Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian, 1886–1980 Austrian

    Description

    Painted in Vienna in the years just prior to World War I, Two Nudes is a self-portrait of Kokoschka with Alma Mahler, a symbolic testimonial to the artist's tumultuous affair with the widow of the great composer Gustav Mahler. Kokoschka's haunted expression and the ambiguous poses of the two lovers—who seem both to embrace and to move past each other—reflect a complex and tormented relationship. Kokoschka's bold brushwork and Expressionist style were influenced not only by van Gogh but by the sixteenth-century Spanish painter El Greco, whose work Kokoschka greatly admired.

    Details

    Dimensions

    163.2 x 97.5 cm (64 1/4 x 38 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1973.196

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    Europe

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  • Collection of Suggestive Pictures

    About late Tenmei (1781–89) to early Kansei (1789–1801) eras

    Katsukawa Shunchô, Japanese, active about 1780–1801 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 26.9 x 442.4 cm (10 9/16 x 174 3/16 in.) Overall: 28.8 x 518.9 cm (11 5/16 x 204 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Handscroll; ink, color, gold, and mica on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.239

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    Asia

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  • The Asazuma-bune in Cloud and Rain

    Bunsei (1818–30) to Tenpô (1830–44) eras

    Teisai Hokuba, Japanese, 1771–1844 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 27.5 x 519.5 cm (10 13/16 x 204 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Handscroll; ink, color, and gold on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.243

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    Asia

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  • Comparison of Passionate Women

    about Bunka (1804–18) to Bunsei (1818–30) eras

    Attributed to Chôbunsai Eishi, Japanese, 1756–1829 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 28.8 x 291.4 cm (11 5/16 x 114 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Handscroll; ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.249

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    Asia

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  • The Scroll of the Sleeve (Sode no maki)

    Attributed to Torii Kiyonaga, Japanese, 1752–1815 Japanese

    Description

    Set of twelve woodblock prints plus a printed preface, mounted as a handscroll.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal hashira-e; each sheet: 12.6 x 67.8 cm (4 15/16 x 26 11/16 in.); complete scroll: 12.6 x 902.3 cm (4 15/16 x 355 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    RES.09.319

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    Asia , Prints and Drawings

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  • Young Lovers with a Clock

    about 1767–68 (Meiwa 4–5)

    Artist Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal chûban; 20.9 x 28.8 cm (8 1/4 x 11 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.19714

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    Asia , Prints and Drawings

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  • Two Figures

    about 1914

    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, French (active in Britain), 1891–1915...

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 21.27 x 13.97 cm (8 3/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Black wash

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    66.211

    Collections

    Europe , Prints and Drawings

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  • The Elephant's Leash

    Bunka era (1804–18)

    Artist Chôbunsai Eishi, Japanese, 1756–1829 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 34 x 566.3 cm (13 3/8 x 222 15/16 in.) Image: 30.6 x 536 cm (12 1/16 x 211 in.)

    Medium

    Handscroll; ink, color, gold, and mica on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.232

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    Asia

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  • Foolish Games

    about early Kansei era (1789–1801)

    Attributed to Katsukawa Shun'ei, Japanese, 1762–1819 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    27.8 x 230.3 cm (10 15/16 x 90 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Section from a handscroll; ink, color, gold, and mica on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.09.273

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    Asia

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  • Satyr

    200–50 B.C.

    Description

    He is kneeling and ithyphallic, right hand shading the eyes and the left on his ankle. Recalls terracotta grotesques from Smyrna.
    Greenish black patina, with metallic and earthy encrustation.

    Details

    Dimensions

    4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    RES.08.32b

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    The Ancient World

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  • Grotesque figure with phallus emerging from head

    1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.

    Description

    A stooped grotesque figuredwarf, with his arms clutching at the chlamys at his chest. His features are exaggerated, especially his nose, and he has warts. He wears large earrings and a second phallos on his head. He was probably intended to be suspended with a chain as a good luck symbol, to ward off evil.

    Square (casting) hole (patch gone) in back; smaller one on left buttock. Black patina, with pitting.

    Details

    Dimensions

    15.1 cm (5 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    RES.08.32d

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  • Crossed Phalloi

    Description

    Crossed phalloi, one large, one small; attached to larger, vine leaf. Fine smooth patina.

    Details

    Dimensions

    4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    RES.08.32L

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  • Shaka hassô yamato bunko

    1859 (Ansei 6)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    22.7 x 15.5 cm (hanshibon)

    Medium

    Woodblock printed book; ink, color, and metallic pigments on paper

    Classification

    Illustrated Books

    Accession Number

    2007.61.1-4

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    Asia , Prints and Drawings

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  • Shaka hassô zoku yamato bunko

    1860 (Mannen 1)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    22.7 x 15.3 cm (hanshibon)

    Medium

    Woodblock printed book; ink, color, and metallic pigments on paper

    Classification

    Illustrated Books

    Accession Number

    2007.62.1-4

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  • Enshi gojû yojô

    1835 (Tenpô 6)

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864...

    Description
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    Dimensions

    25.7 x 18.1 cm

    Medium

    Woodblock printed book; ink, color, and metallic pigments on paper

    Classification

    Illustrated Books

    Accession Number

    2007.63.1-3

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    Asia , Prints and Drawings

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  • (Kacho yojô) Azuma Genji

    1837 (Tenpô 8)

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864...

    Description
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    Dimensions

    26.0 x 18.8 cm

    Medium

    Woodblock printed book; ink, colors, and metallic pigments on paper

    Classification

    Illustrated Books

    Accession Number

    2007.64.1-3

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    Asia , Prints and Drawings

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  • Momongawa (Enpon koi no gakuya)

    1827 (Bunsei 10)

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864...

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    22.3 x 15.4 cm (hanshibon)

    Medium

    Woodblock printed book; ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Illustrated Books

    Accession Number

    2007.71.1-3

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    Asia , Prints and Drawings

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