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.
Nikki Bennosuke with Umbrella - Great portrait of the samurai Nikki Bennosuke facing a robber under a pine tree. He carries an umbrella with a bold snake's eye pattern, his legs spread wide atop tall wooden geta sandals. He wears a dark blue kimono tucked into striped hakama pants with a floral pattern. The robber grimaces at him over a wooden beam, drawing his sword from its sheath. An interesting composition.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 6 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Tear and small loss at edge, stitching holes at side, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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