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.
Satomi Jirotaro Yoshinari Inspecting a Head Carried by a Dog - Fantastic early Yoshitoshi scene of the warrior Satomi Jirotaro Yoshinari inspecting a severed head carried by a large white dog. He holds a lantern high as he leans forward, trying to identify the decapitated head dangling by the hair from the dog's mouth. The head is tinted a ghastly shade of bluish gray, grimacing even in death. A cloth panel hangs at left, emblazoned with a large crest. Wonderful detail in the armor, with faint embossing on the dog's fur.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/8" x 6 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Thinning and small loss at corner, stitching holes at side, repaired. Slight soiling and creasing, a few small stains. Please see photos for details.
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