Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Inukawa Sosuke Yoshito Cuts off the Corner of a Stone Tank, Revealing a Shining Jewel
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.
Inukawa Sosuke Yoshito Cuts off the Corner of a Stone Tank, Revealing a Shining Jewel - Great scene of the Eight Dog Warrior Inukawa Sosuke Yoshito slicing off the corner of a stone trough, revealing a shining jewel with rays of light from it radiating across the night sky. He grips his sword with both hands, leaning forward aggressively with his chin thrust out defiantly. His overturned hat lies on the ground behind him, with smoke and flames rising from a bonfire. A dramatic design.
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 at edges, a couple holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and spots, slight rubbing at edges, paper slightly curled. Please see photos for details.