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.
Matsugae Sekinosuke Fighting a Rat, 1866 - Dramatic depiction of the samurai Matsugae Sekinosuke fighting an enormous water rat. He grimaces as he pushes up the sleeve of his black kimono, the animal tumbling onto its back before him with a kick of his foot. He wears an elegant red kamishimo patterned with colorful circular motifs, his black robe detailed with a subtle burnished geometric pattern. An intriguing subject, nicely colored.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9" x 6 5/8"
Condition - Beautifully printed with excellent color as shown. Backed with paper. A nice clean print. Wormhole, expertly repaired. Please see photos for details.
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