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Ju-unryū Kōsonshō Holding up a Short Sword and Making a Magical Gesture with his Other Hand. A Dragon Surrounds The Rock on Which He Stands.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Ju-unryū Kōsonshō Holding up a Short Sword and Making a Magical Gesture with his Other Hand. A Dragon Surrounds The Rock on Which He Stands.

c. 1827

Woodblock print, nishiki-e

Vertical ōban, 385 x 263 mm

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Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Vertical ōban, 385 x 263 mm
Signed: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher: Kagaya Kichibei
Censorship: kiwame

Series: The 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden
            Tsūzoku Suikoden gōketsu hyaku-hachi-nin no hitori

Fine impression, colour and condition. Full size (unusual as these prints are overlarge obans and often trimmed).
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. S2.26.
Inge Klompmakers, Of brigands and bravery, Kuniyoshi’s heroes of the Suikoden, Leiden 2016, cat. no. 10