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One Hundred and Eight Heroes from the Chinese Tale, The Water Margin: Zhang Shun, alias White Stripe in the Waves

Utagawa KuniyoshiEdo period, 19th century

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum

This series is well known as the work by which Kuniyoshi gained his reputation, and it became a pioneer for the rise in popularity of the story Water Margin. The dynamic expressions and indigo-colored tattoos of the heroes are Kuniyoshi’s specialties. This print is particularly known as the representative work of these expressions.

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  • Title: One Hundred and Eight Heroes from the Chinese Tale, The Water Margin: Zhang Shun, alias White Stripe in the Waves
  • Creator: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
  • Date Created: Edo period, 19th century
  • Object Title: 通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之壹人・浪裡白跳張順
  • Object Notes(Japanese): 「通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個」シリーズは、歌川国芳の出世作としてよく知られるもので、以後の水滸伝ブームのさきがけとなった。登場する豪傑たちの力動感あふれる描写と藍の刺青は、国芳の真骨頂。中でも本図はその代表作としてよく知られている。
  • Object Date: 江戸時代・19世紀
  • Medium(Japanese): 大判 錦絵
  • Artist Name: 歌川国芳
  • Type: Painting

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