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Katsukawa Shuncho, fl. ca. 1780-1790s
Couple Beside a Brazier
benigirai-e ('avoid red' print) with metallic printing on the hibachi and both obi; an over-eager man pins down the wrist of his lover as if to prevent her from interfering with his positioning, ca. 1788
oban yoko-e 9 3/4 by 14 5/8 in., 24.8 by 37.3 cm
As there is no evidence of bedding they are likely in an indiscrete setting and she disapproves of the location: "I don't want to do it here, please let's go to the bedroom and let my hand go!" But her lover is impatient and answers: "Here or there, but I'm about to be inside you, moving is impossible."