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.
The Wrestler Akashi Shiganosuke Strangling an Opponent - Dramatic scene of the sumo wrestler Akashi Shiganosuke strangling an opponent. He grips the elderly man by the throat, forcing him to the ground, sneering at his victim. Her wears an informal blue and white kimono patterned with fans, and holds a tobacco pouch and pipe case in his other hand, his muscles bulging. Akashi Shiganosuke was considered the first wrestler to reach the highest rank in sumo as a yokozuna. A fascinating image and a great choice for a sumo enthusiast.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9" x 6 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Tear and small loss at edge, stitching holes at side, a few holes, repaired. Slight soiling and creasing. Please see photos for details.
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