Japanese Prints - Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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Japanese Prints - Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Konseimaō Hanzui, king of the devils who roil earth
Woodblock print
Paper size:
10 1/4" x 14 3/4"
Date: c. 1830
Condition: Very good condition, left side and top edge trimmed, from an old album

#8214   $2100

From the series of 74 prints illustrating figures from the Suikoden (The Water Margin), a Japanese adaptation of the 14th century Chinese novel, the Shihu zhuan. This print shows Hanzui, a robber/magician, fending off an onslaught of 'divine soldiers' conjured up to destroy him by Kōdesei, and enemy general. Rocks fly in the air as Hanzui crouches in self-defense.

This is the second edition of two created of this scene by Kuniyoshi, with demons in brown outline, devoid of color.

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