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.
Miyamoto Musashi Slashing a Bat - Fantastic image of the young warrior Miyamoto Musashi slashing at an enormous bat. Musashi was famous for his legendary swordsmanship, and here he grips his weapon overhead with both hands as he ducks to avoid the creature's leathery wings. The monstrous bat shrieks as it hovers above a low wooden box with haraigushi wands use in Shinto purification rituals attached to the side of it. A great supernatural subject.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 6 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous mounting. Thinning and small losses at edge, V-shaped tear with small loss, stitching holes at side, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases and stains. Please see photos for details.
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