Homosexuality & Civilization

An archive of poetry, pictures, history, and quotes dedicated to queer individuals before the year 1900.

The title is an homage to a book by Louis Crompton, but the blog will contain content expressing all forms of sexuality and gender identity.

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Spring Pastimes. Miyagawa Isshô, c. 1750.
Shunga hand scroll (kakemono-e); sumi, color and gofun on silk.
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Shunga is a genre of Japanese erotic art, primarily of the ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished from the 17th to 19th centuries. Translated literally, the word shunga means picture of spring; “spring” being a common euphemism for sex (as pictured above).
While originally shunga was kept within the courtier class throughout the Heian period (794-1185), it evolved from showing imperial or monastic sex scandals to an apex in the Edo period (1603-1867) with new woodblock techniques that were easy to recreate and showed a surplus of color. The subject matter became that of courtesans and kabuki actors as well as average citizens like farmers and fishermen.
The majority of shunga showcase male-female pairings, although plenty of extent works contain male-male and female-female trysts and solitary masturbation. In the illustrated books - enpon - it was considered important for an artist to provide a variety of sexual acts, even those that would otherwise be considered fantastical at the time.

Spring Pastimes. Miyagawa Isshô, c. 1750.

Shunga hand scroll (kakemono-e); sumi, color and gofun on silk.

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Shunga is a genre of Japanese erotic art, primarily of the ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished from the 17th to 19th centuries. Translated literally, the word shunga means picture of spring; “spring” being a common euphemism for sex (as pictured above).

While originally shunga was kept within the courtier class throughout the Heian period (794-1185), it evolved from showing imperial or monastic sex scandals to an apex in the Edo period (1603-1867) with new woodblock techniques that were easy to recreate and showed a surplus of color. The subject matter became that of courtesans and kabuki actors as well as average citizens like farmers and fishermen.

The majority of shunga showcase male-female pairings, although plenty of extent works contain male-male and female-female trysts and solitary masturbation. In the illustrated books - enpon - it was considered important for an artist to provide a variety of sexual acts, even those that would otherwise be considered fantastical at the time.

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