Series; Foundations of Morality and Success (Kyodo Risshi no Motoi)
Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders.
Kusunoki Masayuki - Handsome portrait of the warrior Kusunoki Masayuki, who supported the Southern Court established by the exiled Emperor Go-Daigo during the Northern and Southern Courts period in 14th century Japan. He stands in the entrance to a palace, ready for battle in full armor, with a bow in one hand and an arrow in the other. The armor and weapons are finely detailed, including touches of burnishing. A great subject for a collector interested in the samurai tradition.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. Light toning. Some prints have a couple small spots. Please see photos for details.
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