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OUR COLUMNIST AVILA AND HIS VIEW ON SHUNGA/ JAPANESE EROTIC ART AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM

‘It results difficult not lo love those drawings… Not only for their sexual content but for their simple way of expressing a particular moment surrounded by simple historical facts… I mean, for example the third drawing where the noble lady is in “bed” with her lover (probably a servant). The drawing shows two samurai swords hanging from the wall; the embroidered kimono that covers them with the Phoenix bird which curiously may symbolize the imperial household (particularily the empress) representing fire, the sun, justice, obedience, fidelity and it makes me guess that the lady has… let’s say… her own mind about things; the pillow falling from the side of the bed indicating movement; the romantic incense recipient; the hair styles which they look quite uncomfortable; the sort of silk curtain moved by a breeze; the funny look of the young courtesan and the eager look of the lady for obtaining a kiss; and that mysterious white recipient holding something… but what… a purse with money??’