Paintings of the 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden


There are ten extant ink and color paintings, generally considered to be by Kuniyoshi, that are in the same style as Kuniyoshiĺs print series The 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden, with the same title cartouche.á All the paintings are unsigned, and each portrays a Suikoden hero who is not represented in the 74 published prints. It is not clear whether these are preliminary studies for additional prints that were never published, or completed works of art.



Japanese name: Shutsud˘k˘ D˘i (出洞蛟 童威)

Chinese name: Tong Wei

Scene: Shutsud˘k˘ D˘i wringing out his cloths after escaping through water-gate with the warning bells behind him


Japanese name: Hekirekika Shinmei (霹靂火 秦明)

Chinese name: Qin Ming

Scene: Hekirekika Shinmei standing beside a wall with his favorite weapon, a toothed mace


Japanese name: S˘ben Koenshaku (呼延 呼延灼)

Chinese name: Huyan Zhou

Scene: S˘ben Koenshaku

wielding a pair of steel rods in battle



Japanese name: Sensuish˘ (or Seisuish˘) Tanteikei (聖水將 單廷珪)

Chinese name: Shan Tinggui

Scene: Sensuish˘ Tanteikei carrying a spear along side a torrent of water he diverted to flood the enemy


Japanese name: Botsumenmoku Sh˘tei (沒面目 焦挺)

Chinese name: Jiao Ting

Scene: Botsumenmoku Sh˘tei with drawn sword climbing through a window



Japanese name: Tetsusenshi S˘sei (鐵扇子 宋清)

Chinese name: Song Qing

Scene: Tetsusenshi S˘sei throwing an opponent down some stairs




Japanese name: Koh˘gi S˘k˘ (呼保義 宋江)

Chinese name: Song Jiang

Scene: Koh˘gi S˘k˘ killing his adulterous wife Yan Poxi in a struggle for a letter


Japanese names: Seigank˘ Riun (青眼虎 李雲) and Kokusenpű Riki (黒旋風李逵)

Chinese names: Li Yun and Li Qui

Scene: Seigank˘ Riun arresting Kokusenpű Riki by a waterfall




Japanese name: Shinkash˘ Giteikoku (神火將 魏定國)

Chinese name: Wei Dingguo

Scene: Shinkash˘ Giteikoku attacking Guan Sheng with his fire weapons



Japanese name: Tetsumenk˘moku Haisen (鐵面孔目 裴宣)

Chinese name: Pei Xuan

Scene: Tetsumenk˘moku Haisen escaping over a roof with falling roof tiles




ôRobinsonö refers to listing of the series in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á