Kunisada: Tattoed actor with knife
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Tattoed actor with knife
Series: A Modern Suikoden (Kinsei Suikoden)
Natsume koso Shinsuke. These heroes were known for their extensive tattooing, being bandits who lived according to their own rules.Kinsei Suikoden is based on the story of Tenpô Suikoden, which believed to be written by Muroi Kinryô, a story teller, in the style of Chinese Suikoden after the incident of Sasagawa Shigezô in 1844. It became also a Kabuki play. In this series of Ukiyo-e the protagonists of the Kabuki play are depicted by Kunisada and the story is written by Kanagaki Robun. Natsume Shinsuke was a member of a gambling gang who wreaked havoc in Shimosa Province (now part of Chiba) in 1849, led by Iioka Sukegoro and Hanzo. In the layers of associations known for this series, it is also referencing the Chusingura, the story of the 47 Ronin.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Ise-ya Kanekichi
Signature: Toyokuni ga