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[HōHi Gassen 放屁合戦 and YōButsu Kurabe 腰物くらべ ] [Farting Match and Phallic Competition]
[2 unmounted scrolls] [kachi-e emaki]. [hōhi gassen 放屁合戦 and yōbutsu kurabe 腰物くらべ ] [farting match and phallic competition]. Edo Period. [yōbutsu kurabe 腰物くらべ ] [phallic competition]. Paper scroll approx 38cm x 4m with over 50 drawings of men, some of whom are engaged in phallic displays. Color, unsigned, no date. Writing in pencil on back of scroll at one end with a number printed in red. In this scroll, the yōbutsu kurabe 腰物くらべ (phallic comparison or contest), groups of men display their significantly sized members to judges and competitors or watch the proceedings. One exciting aspect of our scroll is that it appears that the artist is aware of the Mitsui Museum Kachi-e emaki or one of its copies, as the scenes and certain specific details reflect that iconic scroll. The initial scene shows a surging crowd that has gathered around a screen being held at bay by two guards with bows. Further on, some competitors sit waiting by a table, while others are being measured with what appears to be a rope and by a judge with a ruler. The scroll ends with an overweight competitor with a fan sitting with other men by a striped screen. Details such as this and the unusual shape of a guard's head, the stripes on the screens, the official with the ruler and the overall position of the men in each scene, duplicate that of the Mitsui Museum handscroll, though with less proficiency of the brush. The scroll is unmounted, with fraying to th … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Boston Book Company [United States]
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