Li Kui, the Black Whirlwind, also called Iron Ox Li (Kokusenpû Riki, ichimei Ritetsugyû), from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Shuihuzhuan (Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)
「水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個 黒施風李逵 一名李鉄牛」
about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S2a.5
Vertical chûban; 18.4 x 12.5 cm (7 1/4 x 4 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
No censors' seal
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