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Hekirekika Shinmei (Qin Ming)


    • currently in research collection

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  • Kuniyoshi’s Heroes of China and Japan by Oliver Impey and Mitsuko Watanabe

    Kuniyoshi’s Heroes of China and Japan

    Suikoden chapter 34

    Qin Ming was a commander of all the imperial forces around the town of Qingzhou known, on account of his temper and of his loud voice as the ‘Thunderbolt’. His favourite weapon was a ‘wolf-toothed’ mace (ryōgabō). By an involved series of ruses and appalling treachery, he was induced to join the rebels. In this print he stands holding the ‘wolf-toothed’ mace, beside the castle wall, being mistaken for a brigand.

    This is not a preparatory sketch for a print, that sent to the blockmaker, a shita-e, for these were extremely sketchy, and the block-cutter had a very considerable input to the final design, controlling all the details. This is a worked-up drawing; possibly by Kuniyoshi with assistants, perhaps as a demonstration for a publisher or possible patron. Nine similar paintings of other heroes are known, all in the National Museum for Ethnology, Leiden.

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