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Lot 0146
  • Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
  • Subject: Asahina Tobei
  • Series: Modern Suiko-den
  • Publisher: Hayashiya Shogoro
  • Format: Oban vertical
  • Medium: Japanese Woodblock Print
  • Date: 1858
  • Size: 36 x 23.5 centimeters

    Kabuki actor as Asahina Tobei, who is a loyal super hero; 'Youxia' in Chinese term and 'Kyokaku' in Japanese. The artist, Toyokuni III is comparing with 'Lu Zhisen', who is a main character in Water Margin, one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature. He is a monk who wears tattoo on his shoulders and epitomizes strength and justice. Like Asahina, Lu Zhishen gives a support to underdogs. The image can be parodied as the Kanji character of 'Suiko-den' differs from the original Water Margin. It means 'favourite men'. This item includes frame for the UK customers only. For shipping out of the UK, the print will be sent without frame.

    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) (Toyokuni III) was the most popular, prolific, and financially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. The term ukiyo-e translates to "pictures of the floating world" and refers to a genre of Japanese art with a wide span of imagery such as kabuki actors, folk tales, landscapes, and even erotica. This movement was critical in forming the Western perception of Japanese art.

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  • United Kingdom: Flat-rate of $12.58 to anywhere within the Continental U.S.
  • International: Flat-rate of $31.46 to anywhere in the world.

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  • Condition

    Good impression. The paper has been trimmed.

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