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Overall very good condition. Light signs of patina from age. Please contact for more information.

Iron Articulated Snake, 20th Century, Japanese; $52,000 [Christie's 20 March 2013]

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Shunga are Japanese erotic images usually created in the form of ukiyo-e style woodblock prints. They were extremely popular amongst many levels of society and were collected by shoguns as well as housewives. At a time when artists were particularly interested in depicting urban life as a consistent theme, these images broadened collectors’ visions to a varied sexual life as well. Full of humor, fantasy and often fetish, Shunga images were popular until the early 20th century when photomechanical reproduction techniques gained prominence

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Articulated Snake
Lot Number 56
Wood with sapphire (eyes)
43 x 1 in (109.22 x 2.54 cm)

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Articulated Snake
  • Dimensions
    43 x 1 in (109.22 x 2.54 cm)