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Li Kui, the Black Whirlwind, also called Iron Ox Li (Kokusenpû Riki, ichimei Ritetsugyû), from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan (Tsûzoku Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)

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MFA impressions: 11.2189, 11.28844, 64.803


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1827 (Bunsei 10)

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #111; Machida City Mus., Ukiyo-e dai musha-e ten (2003), #I-151; Klompmakers, Of Brigands and Bravery (1998), #22; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S2.34


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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper