School of Iwasa Matabei, titled Haru no tempura (Spring intimate pillow), Edo Period, late 17th century, Japanese Erotic handscroll (shunga emakimono)
twelve various scenes including: Heian period noble woman and a mounted warrior, a courtesan and a warrior with an assistant (kamuro) joining, a young couple behind the screen and two assistants peeking, two noble women and a nun, mounted on brocade
Fitted with a wood box inscribed with the title, attribution and the collector’s name, in a black maki-e lacquered box decorated with chrysanthemum and scales mon (family emblem) among scrolling foliage in gold lacquer on a black ground (roiro-nuri)
The vibrant twelve scenes are painted by the school of Iwasa Matabei school. The founder Iwasa Matabei (1578-1650) was an important Tosa genre painter in Kyoto, who studied under Tosa Mitsunori and possibly Kano Shoei.
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