by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Series; Handsome and Brave Heroes of the Suikoden, 1866 - 1867
Handsome and Brave Heroes of the Suikoden - In 1866, Yoshitoshi began work on a fantastic 50 print series called the "Handsome and Brave Heroes of the Suikoden" (Biyu Suikoden). Instead of depicting the traditional characters from the novel "Suikoden," Yoshitoshi chose to use his own set of heroes from Japanese history and legend for this series. He also incorporated spirits and monsters, resulting in a very unusual and creative twist on the classic Suikoden theme. These bold and lively images feature beautifully colored and detailed figures in striking poses, many with supernatural or magical creatures. Some feature deluxe embellishments such as embossing or burnishing. These early chuban designs by Yoshitoshi are a great choice for a collector interested in this legendary tale.
Toraomaru Riding a Tiger, 1866 - Terrific portrait of the samurai Toraomaru riding a tiger, an appropriate animal as his name "tora" means tiger. He looks over his shoulder as he makes a magical gesture with his hands, a scroll caught between his teeth. The powerful animal looks to the side, its long tail waving against the night sky. A great subject with wonderful detail in the tiger's fur.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 6 5/8"
Condition - This print with good color and excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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