Chao Gai, the Pagoda-shifting Heavenly King (Takutô Tennô Chôgai) [a Suikoden hero], from the series Essays by Yoshitoshi (Ikkai zuihitsu)
Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #10; Museum of Kyoto, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi ten (2001), #79
Vertical ôban; 36.9 x 25 cm (14 1/2 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Chao Gai is one of heroes in the classic Chinese novel Shuihuzhuan (Suikoden in Japanese), but he is not included in the list of 108 Stars of Destiny.
Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi hitsu
Censor's seal: Water Monkey (Jinshin, mizunoe saru) 11
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Ryû (or Ru ?)
Artist's seal: Tsukioka
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection