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.
Madaramaru Conjuring a Cat Spirit - Fantastic depiction of the Zen Buddhist monk Madaramaru conjuring up a cat spirit. He kneels atop an enormous cat, holding a bowl with a wisp of smoke rising from it, the cat spirit scampering away on drifting gray smoke. He wears a green brocade robe over a pale yellow tunic and purple hakama pants, one sleeve pushed down to show off his upper body tattoo of a dragon amidst swirling clouds. Wonderful detail in the large cat's fur and the monk's curly hair. A fascinating image.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 6 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight thinning at edges, repaired. Slight soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.
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