Caricatures of the 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden

(Kyga Suikoden gketsu ippyaku hachinin, 狂画水滸伝豪傑一百八人)

Publisher: Kaga-ya Kichiemon

c. 1830

 

This series of ten numbered prints satirizes the semi-historical characters in the Chinese novel, Suikoden (Shuihu zhuan in Chinese). The novel tells of the adventures of a band of 108 rebels who sought refuge in the margins of Liangshan Marsh. These rebel warriors sought to protect the poor and downtrodden, very much like Robin Hoods band. This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban.

 

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