Unidentified Artist 作者未詳
The Origin of Female Adoration of the Buddha
(Honzon memeko nyorai engi)
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), early 18th century
Woodblock-printed book; ink on paper with hand-coloring
Purchase, Richard Lane Collection, 2003
A group of anthropomorphized penises congregate to worship a vagina. One penis, assuming the role of a Buddhist priest, conducts a lecture about the vagina, and in front of the female organ, he has placed a sexual device (kabuto) as a sacred offering.
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