Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Sun Erniang, the Witch (Boyasha Sonnijō - 母夜叉孫二娘) 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一個)

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Dates: created,1842 - 1846
Dimensions: 10.5 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō
(Marks 127 - seal 22-036)
Censor's seal: Watari

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Museum; Ritsumeikan University; Hagi Uragami Museum of Art; Tokyo National Museum;

Physical description:

We first meet Sun the Witch in Chapter 27 of the Chinese classic about the brigands of the Water Margins. "Wu Song is accompanied by guards to his place of exile. Along the way, they stop at the tavern of Zhang Qing the “Vegetable Gardener” and his wife Sun the “Witch”. Sun likes to drug travelers and make human dumplings out of them. She drugs the guards but Wu Song is wise to her tricks. He traps her but she is saved by her husband, who explains they are all part of the gallant fraternity."


The first edition of this print was from 1827-30 and carries a different publisher's seal.


There is another copy of this print in the Ishibi Prefectural Museum.


Ilustrated in color in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 9, p. 13.