by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Series; Handsome and Brave Heroes of the Suikoden, 1866 - 1867
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.
Inaba Taro Onikado on a Balustrade - Terrific scene of the warrior Inaba Taro Onikado with his foot up on the balustrade as he battles another samurai. He glares as he looks over the railing, one hand thrust out beside him and the other gripping an enormous club. He wears a striking black vest patterned with leaves and blossoms and trimmed with fringe over his armor, his long hair pulled into a low ponytail over his back. A few broken arrows protrude from the railing and deck, a sign of the fight. A great composition, attractively colored and detailed.
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, a few creases and marks. Please see photos for details.
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