Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Inuda Kobungo Yasuyori Attacked by a Gang of Ruffians
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.
Inuda Kobungo Yasuyori Attacked by a Gang of Ruffians - Great scene from the popular Edo era novel "Tale of the Eight Dog Warriors of Satomi," written by Kyokutei Bakin, showing the warrior Inuda Kobungo Yasuyori fighting off a gang of ruffians. His legs firmly spread, he thrusts his fist out as his attacker grips the collar of his striped kimono. His assailant cowers before him, twisting his face away and shielding it with his arm. He crouches on one leg, his sandal having flown off his raised foot. A small purse hangs from a long drawstring back around his neck. Yasuyori frowns with grim determination, his thick hair pulled back into a rather sloppy topknot. A handsome design with expressive figures, nicely drawn.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 10"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. A couple holes, small tear and loss, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, a few stains, paper slightly curled. Please see photos for details.