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

Du Xing, the Devil-faced (Kirenji Tokō - 鬼臉兒杜興) 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)


ca 1827 – 1830
9.5 in x 14 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censor's seal: kiwame
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
British Museum

Du Xing is first mentioned, but not by name at the very end of Chapter 46. At the beginning of Chpater 47 of the Chinese version of the brigands of the marshes we find out who he is.

Yang Xiong raised the man to his feet and called Shi Xiu over.
"Who is this brother?" asked Shi Xiu.
"Du Xing is his name. He's from the prefecture of Zhongshan. Because of his crude features everyone calls him Demon Face. Last year he came to Qizhou as a trader. He killed one of the other merchants in his company in a fight, and was brought before the prefect and committed to my prison. I talked with him and found him very knowledgeable about hand-to-hand fighting and jousting with staves. So I used my influence and got him off. I never expected to meet hi in this place."


Illustrated in color, the whole triptych in Ukiyo-e From Prague Revisiting Japan (プラハ 国立 美術館 所蔵 浮世絵展 : 開館 200周年 記念), 1995, p. 54.
Suikoden (水滸傳) (genre)
Tattoo (genre)