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.
Inue Shimbei Masashi and Mysterious Beauty - Terrific image of the samurai Inue Shimbei Masashi, one of the famous Eight Dog Warriors, surprised to see a beautiful woman appearing behind a fine reed blind. His concern is founded, because she is actually a magical badger taking human form. A shower of delicate cherry blossom petals flutters down over him as he backs away from the beauty, gripping his sword in one hand. A great design from this intriguing series.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 6 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. Tiny loss at corner, stitching holes at side, repaired. Slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.
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