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.
Orochimaru beside a Waterfall, 1866 - Great portrait of the evil Orochimaru from the famous tale of the folk hero and magician, Jiraiya, who practiced toad magic. Orochimaru was once a student of Jiraiya's under the name of Yashagoro, but he became possessed by snake magic, gaining the ability to transform himself into a giant snake. He took the name Orochimaru, after the mythical serpent with eight heads named Orochi, and attacked his former master. Here, he stands next to a rushing waterfall with a burning twist of rope caught between his teeth, a bell in one hand, and his upright sword in the other. The wind blows his white kimono around him, and he wears unusual sandals atop strange metal prongs, Beautifully detailed with embossing on the white robe. A striking design.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 6 5/8"
Condition - This print with good color and excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight thinning at corner, repaired. Soiling, a few creases and marks, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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