Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (artist 01/01/1797 – 04/14/1861)

Seibokukan Kakushibun (井木案郝思文 aka Hao Siwen, Wild Dog) from the series One of the 108 Heroes of the Popular Water Margin (Tsūzoku Suikoden gōketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori - 通俗水滸傳濠傑百八人一個 )

Print


ca 1827 – 1830
10.5 in x 15 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Publisher: Kagaya Kichiemon (Marks 194)
Censor's seal: kiwame
British Museum
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Hao Siwen is first mentioned in Chapter 63 of The Outlaws of the Marsh. He is known as 'the Jackal' or 'Wild Dog' because of a dream his mother had prior to her getting pregnant.

Guan Sheng was extremely pleased. "This is Hao Siwen," he said [to Xuan Zan]. "He and I are sworn brothers. His mother dreamed she was entered by the spirit of a wild dog shortly before she became pregnant with Hao. And so, today, he is knows as Wild Dog Hao. He's skilled in all eighteen of the military arts. Since I've been summoned by the premier, why shouldn't I take him with me, so that we can serve the country together?"

Xuan Zan gladly consented. He urged them to commence the journey quickly.

Guang Sheng gave parting instructions to his family, collected his weapons, horse, helmet, armor adn luggage, and set out that same night with Hao and a dozen big fellows from West of the Pass, all accompanying Xuan Zan. On reaching the Eastern Capital, they rode directly to the premier's residency and dismounted. The keeper of the gate announced them and they were invited in. Xuan Zan led Guan Sheng and Hao Siwen to the hall of state. They kowtowed to the premier, then stood respectfully at the foot of the dais.

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There is a full page illustration in Of Brigands and Bravery by Inge Klompmakers, #40 C, p. 133.

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There is another copy of this print in the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden.
Kagaya Kichibei (加賀屋吉兵衛) (publisher)
Suikoden (水滸傳) (genre)
warrior prints (musha-e - 武者絵) (genre)