Liu Tang, the Red-haired Devil (Sekihakki Ryûtô), from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Shuihuzhuan (Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)

「通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個 赤髪鬼劉唐」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)


Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S2a.10

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 18.7 x 12.6 cm (7 3/8 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36709

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Five prints from the same series: 11.36708-12. The original decorative border has been cut off, leaving the prints slightly smaller than chûban size. No publisher’s mark or censor’s seal on any. According to Robinson, the series was originally published about 1830 and reprinted about 1842.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga

一勇斎国芳画

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection