Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Inue Shimbei Masashi on the Shoulders of His Protector Attacked by a Gang of Roughs
Series; The One and Only Eight Dog History of Old Kyokutei, Best of Refined Authors, circa 1835
The One and Only Eight Dog History of Old Kyokutei, Best of Refined Authors - Written by Kyokutei Bakin over a period of almost thirty years, the epic 106-volume novel "Nanso Satamoi Hakkenden" tells the story of eight samurai brothers who are descended from a mysterious union between a dog and Princess Fuse. The daughter of Lord Anzai of the Satomi clan, the princess gave birth to them in the form of eight green crystal balls, each bearing the character for a Confucian principle, which were scattered across the country, becoming human children born to different families. They did not know of each other's existence until they slowly met by happenstance and decided to pledge their brotherhood. Each bears the character for dog (inu) in his name. Their exciting adventures are chronicled in this tale, which was hugely popular during the Edo era.
Inue Shimbei Masashi on the Shoulders of His Protector Attacked by a Gang of Roughs - Lively scene of the boy Inue Shimbei Masashi clinging over the shoulders of his protector, who is being attacked by a gang of roughs. He manages to step onto the face of a fallen assailant while simultaneously pushing away another who raises a wooden geta clog above his head to strike him. Each attacker has an upper body tattoo. A great design with expressive figures and wonderful details. The first time we've offered this Kuniyoshi subject.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 10"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. A couple small losses and holes, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, a few marks, paper slightly curled. Please see photos for details.