KPR wrote:agree, it´s a playful shunga.
Hello Dear Friend,
your (as usual) short comment of only six words, arises a fundamental question about the grades of shunga, which is worth to discuss with other members in the Forum. Are there different grades? You come up with "playful shunga". What is it? Well, you gave an answer already. It is, what we see in Masateru's netsuke of an octopus in a trap, who traps (?) a monkey, so both are trapped, a double trap.
The next grade might be called "just a hint of shunga", then may be "soft shunga". What comes next?
Lovers, or better adorers of Japan know, that shunga was forbidden in Japan for centuries. The "hard core shunga" of the ukiyo-e was forbidden and doing, publishing and "enjoying" it, was a case for the criminal court. The first official exhibition of real hard core shunga, to my knowledge, was shown LAST YEAR in Tokyo, where I attended. It was crowded with people, mostly of 60 years plus, and 95 % female.
There is much more coming up with shunga!