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.
Kurikara Kengoro and Fudo Myoo, 1867 - Terrific image of Kurikara Kengoro twisting a length of freshly cut bamboo. He kneels with the pole across his lap, resting one end on his knee as he wrenches the other end of the bamboo, a look of concentration on his face. Behind him, the Buddhist deity Fudo Myoo appears surrounded by flames to help Kengoro in his quest to fight evil. Fudo Myoo holds a sword upright in one hand and a rope in the other, grimacing angrily, his long curly hair trailing over his shoulders. A great design with fine bokashi shading in the dark night sky.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 6 5/8"
Condition - This print with good color and excellent detail as shown. A few small holes, repaired. Slights soiling, slight rubbing at edges, small stain, a few marks. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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