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Kinsôshu Johei Cutting Down Sparrows in Flight with his Hooked Spear

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Kinsôshu Johei Cutting Down Sparrows in Flight with his Hooked Spear

1827

color woodcut

378 x 255 mm

Stanza Del Borgo S.R.L.

Milan,

+39 02 659 8203

$2,200 - $5,500

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Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Vertical ōban, 378 x 255 mm
Signed: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher: Kagaya Kichibei
Censorship: kiwame

Series: The 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden 
           Tsûzoku Suikoden gôketsu hyaku-hachi-nin no hitori

Fine impression, very good colour and condition. This series, based on stories from the semi-historical Chinese novel Suikoden (Shuihu zhuan in Chinese), made Kuniyoshi famous as the most distinguished creator of musha-e, images of warriors. The novel tells of the adventures of a band of 108 rebels who sought refuge in the margins of Liangshan Marsh. These rebel warriors sought to protect the poor and downtrodden, very much like Robin Hood’s band. The subjects of this novel were taken over again by Kuniyoshi in his career, but this is the first and the most celebrated series devoted by the artist to the Suikoden.

Reference:
B. W. Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior Prints, Oxford, 1982, no. S2.32.