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Shunga-english

LISTEN, THE NIGHTINGALE

IN THE BLOSSOMS,  AND THE FROG,

CROAKING IN THE WATER –

DOES NOT EACH OF THEM SING ITS SONG,

LIKE THE POET DOES HIS POEM?

Woodcarving, original  (Collection: Peter Krebs)

... and the painter does his painting, the potter his jug? Like this, one could continue the spring poem of an unknown japanese artist. For sensible people spring is not only a feast for the eyes in the flowing world of creation and decay. It is fireworks for all senses, the great symbol of creation.

Frond view - Size: 8,6 x 7,1 x 8,5 inch

Back view

Side view

Side view

Shunga, which are also called spring pictures, are one facette of japanese art. They have the same power and mysterious magic as tea ceremony, the art of gardens and poems (Haiku, Tanka) for example and they are still highly appreciated in modern Japan. Spring pictures often have a double meaning. They are erotic illustrations that, in combination with the great adoration of nature, show an exhilarated lightness.

Front view - Size: Diameter: 5,5 x height 5 inch

Back view

Front view

Back view

Often little erotic books were made from Shunga that men put discreetly beneath the pillow of their adored ones but they were also used as illustrations of various novels and plays.

Front view

Back view

Front view

Back view

Some scenes contain elements of caricature. The pleasures of love are universal and around the planet artists have pictured them freely, in which way ever, veiled or unveiled.

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Pot "Shung klein - diameter: 13 cm x 12,3 cm height

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Mirroring the river ghost - Diameter: 6,2 x height 7 inch

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Peter Krebs

Handmade, without a mould and potter wheel

Fired at ca. 1220°C

Glaze fired at 1080°C 

Translated: Heike van Gunst

 


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