Vulvic face, phallic head  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Vulvic face, phallic head is the informal title to three (actually two unique ones, image 2 and 3 are identical)[1] [2][3] grotesque shunga of an amorous couple. Her head is a vulva, his head is a phallus, her vulva is a face, his phallus is a face.

They are featured in Shunshoku hatsune no ume (1842), written by Tamenaga Shunsui and illustrated by Utagawa Kunisada.

On these, the "Nichibunken Monograph Series" remarks:

"This is a highly unusual set of images. The first image has genitals in place of faces, and the faces down below. The second image continues the narrative and has the “heads” engaged in intercourse and the “faces” kissing. Why did Kunisada create such images? Let’s look at the accompanying text:
Long ago there were stories about Amanojaku (the evil that raises its head). He would always do the opposite to whatever people did. If someone felt like going right, he would always say that going left was best. In the time of the ancient gods lived Amanosako-hime, but I have never seen mention of this kind of evil in those times. In our times, Amanojaku puts the faces and genitals of men and women backwards, the head is between the loins and the cock and vulva are on the shoulders, and so they have sex upside down. So, I drew this and look forward to the laughter it will bring."

Source: "Faces and genitalia in proportion" [4] from "Nichibunken Monograph Series"[5].

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