Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Xie Bao, the Twin-Tailed Scorpion (Sobikatsu Kaihō 雙尾蠍解寶) and Zou Run, the One-Horned Dragon (Dokuakuryū Sūjin 獨角龍鄒潤) from the series The Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Suikoden (Tsūzoku Suikoden gōketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori - 通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個)

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Dates: 1827,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher: Kagaya Kichiemon
(Marks 195 - seal 22-027)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Museum; Ritsumeikan University; Tokyo National Museum; Lyon Collection - another copy of this print;

Physical description:

Xie Bao is first mentioned in Chapter 49 of the story of the marsh bandits. "At the foot of the mountain lived two brothers who were hunters. The elder was called Xie Zhen, the younger Xie Bao. Both used two-pronged spears of steel-flecked iron and were remarkably skilful fighters. They were considered the best huntsmen in the prefecture. Xie Zhen's nickname was Two-Headed Snake, Xie Bao's was Twin-Tailed Scorpion. Their parents were dead, and they had never married. The elder was tall, ruddy complected, with a narrow waist and broad shoulders. The younger, an even tougher fellow, was still taller, with round face, swarthy skin, and two flying demons tattooed on his legs. When possessed by one of his terrible rages, he wanted to pull up trees, shake monuments, and turn earth and sky upside down."


This print is listed as #42 in Klompmakers book, Of Brigands and Bravery.

There are two copies of this print in the Lyon Collection. See also #975.


There is another copy of this print in the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden.