Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Inuzuka Shino Moritaka on the on the Horyukaku Roof
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.
Inuzuka Shino Moritaka on the on the Horyukaku Roof - Great portrait of the Eight Dog Warrior Inuzuka Shino Moritaka during his famous fight with Kenpachi Nobumichi on the roof of Horyukaku, a tower of Koga Castle. Here, the samurai raises his sword above his head as two guards attempt to restrain him with a chain. One grabs hold of Inuzuka's elbow as he grips his iron truncheon, while his fellow guard had been knocked down on the tiles, his lantern beside him. Another lantern flies past Inuzuka's head. A terrific action scene with a great composition. The first time we've offered this Kuniyoshi design.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 10"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. A few small holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and marks, paper slightly curled. Please see photos for details.