Kuniyoshi: Seventy-two Heroes under the Star of Earth in eight groups (Sold)

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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Seventy-two Heroes under the Star of Earth in eight groups (10th out of 12 of the series): chi - sei nanajû-ni in hachiban no uchi, j¨-nimai no uchi no jû
Series: The hundred and eight heroes of the Suiko-den: Suiko-den gôketsu hyaku-hachi nin
Date: c.1830

In this series, the hundred-eight heroes are depicted on twelve sheets, each with a group of nine heroes against a plain blue ground.The twelve sheets are further classified into two stars: Star of Heaven (4 sheets) and Star of Earth (8 sheets). In the following list the heroes are named from the top clockwise (names of stars in parenthesis): Konseimaô Hanzui with magically clasped hands emitting lightning (chizensei); Hitendaisei Rikon leaning on the shaft of his weapon (chisôsei); Tettekisen Barin seated in armour (chimeisei); Shô-onkô Ryohô seated, with a spear (chisasei); Hakujiroso Hakushô bending a bamboo for a bow (chimôsei); Saijinki Kakusei standing with a spear and weighted cord (chiyûsei); Tetsubihaku Saifuku seated with a curved bamboo (chiheisei); Itsushika Saikei seated, three-quarter back view (chisonsei), and Hatsubinada Kôjû half-naked, holding up a sword (chibisei). hanshita-e attached.

Condition: Excellent impression; very good color and condition. With the keyblock.
Dimensions: ôban
Publisher: Kagaya Kichiemon
Literature: Robinson,1982:pp.104-5 #S3.10
Seal: censor’s seal: kiwame
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga