Yoshitoshi: Kurihara Saisuke Dodging Bullets

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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Kurahara Saisuke Dodges Gunfire
Series: Biographies of Modern Men (Kinsei kyôgiden)
Date: 12/1865

Kurihara Saisuke lifts his leg as he literally dodges bullets. The Japanese utilized guns in their warfare beginning in the 16th century, when they imported a type of matchlock-configured arqebus firearm from the Portuguese. The text   was written by Sanzan-tei Arindo. This series was one of Yoshitoshi’s earliest major efforts, and profiles the leading figures in a violent feud that erupted between two gambling rings in 1849. Today these figures would be considered anti-heroes.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Backed.
Dimensions: ôban (36.3 x 24.5 cm)
Publisher: Iseki (Manyô-dô)
Literature: Listed in “Beauty & Violence”, series 13. Keyes number 147.22.
Seal: Kiri
Signature: Kaisai Yoshitoshi hitsu