Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Guo Sheng, the Second Ren Gui (Saijinki Kakusei - 賽仁貴郭盛) from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan (Tsūzoku Suikoden gōketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori - 通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個) left panel of a diptych

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Dates: created,circa 1827 - 1830
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon
(Marks 195 - seal 22-025)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Museum; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Lyon Collection - right panel of this diptych;

Physical description:

The Ashmolean Museum at Oxford says of this print:

Saijinki Kakusei was from Karyō of Seisen (Xichuan Jialing) and was a mercury seller traveling throughout the provinces for his trade. As with Ryohō, he learnt the art of the use of the hōtengeki. One day his boat was capsized by the wind in Kōga (Huang he), and although he escaped death, he was unable to return home. While wondering what to do, Kakusei heard about the robber Ryohō, who also used hōtengeki, and decided to meet him at the foot of Taiei-zan (Duiying shan). They then began fighting but were equally strong (see Ryohō).

This print shows Kakusei armed with his spear on a plunging horse with a banner depicting a Pegasus-like horse. This forms the left part of the diptych while Ryohō's portrait forms the right...


This print, the left panel of a diptych, is number 18b in Klompmakers' book Of Brigands and Bravery. Full-page, color illustration on page 85.

"One day the mercury salesman Saijinki Kakusei, who had lost his money when his boats capsized, meets Ryohō [the fellow in the right-hand panel] and demands he relinquish his robber's territory." Kakusei is greedy and wants it all for himself so they begin a battle which goes on for days and days. In time the leader of a famous robbing band come to ask them to quit their struggling. The two combatants are so impressed by the fame of the leader of the brigand band that they quit fighting and join the larger group.