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Sarah and Octopus/Seventh Heaven, 2001

Print

Twenty-nine-color woodcut made from hand-carved blocks of cherry wood printed on Hosho paper. 

10.38 x 15.62 in

26.4 x 39.7 cm

Edition of 200

Signed and numbered on the verso in pencil. This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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    About The Work

    Title:

    Oodako hana biraki (hiraki) siriizu:

    Giant Octopus Flower Opening Series is the title translated on the right vertical.

    Giant octopus opening flower series. (pun: showing a bare butt or blossoming flower.) Shiri is a butt and izu is to expose. But when you put the two together it sounds like series. This is a typical approach used by ukiyo-e artists who enjoyed titling their works and plays on words.

    Takonosukehichi*:

    “She looks delicious, if I eat her as she is. Perhaps starting from here? Wow! Feels like slippery nuru nuru!!!!” If I eat her in the way she is (meaning the way she is lying down), she looks delicious. (I--the octopu--wonder) if this is the area (meaning clitoris)? 

    Sarah:

    Omaesan sou sou aserazu, clitoris notokoroo yuttukuri tanoshimasete okure. 

    Hey, you. Don’t be too hasty but (please) slow down. You should let me enjoy pleasure of the clitoris abundantly.

    Takonosukehichi:

    “You mean this area, or much deeper inside here? How about here or there?!?!

    Sarah:

    “Your suction cups are not at all dependable, but whimps. Don’t hesitate to suck me!”

    *Takonosukehichi is the nickname Masami gave to the giant octopus. It loosely translates as “Octopus Pervert Seven.”  Again, coming up with a name based on the combination of characters for what is going is a typical Edo style approach to language.

    Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery

    • Carved and printed by Tadakatsu Takamizawa, Ukiyo-e Research Center, Tokyo, Japan. Published by Masami Teraoka.

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