Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Tenmokushō Hōki (天目将彭玘), aka Peng Qi, the Eyes of Heaven General,
from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan
(Tsūzoku Suikoden gōketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori - 通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個) 

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Dates: created,circa 1830
Dimensions: 10.25 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher: Kagaya Kichiebei
(Marks 194 - seal 22-024)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: British Museum; Tokyo National Museum; Ishibi Prefectural Museum;

Physical description:

We first encounter Peng Qi in Chapter 55 of Outlaws of the Marsh, vol. II, p. 884, when Marshal Gao chooses Peng Qi as one of two generals to lead his army.

"The other man I want is a district garrison commancer in Yingzhou. His name is Peng Qi, and he also hails from the Eastern Capital. His family have been military people for generations. He uses a three-pointed two-edged lance. His skill with weapons is extraordinary, and he's known as the Eyes of Heaven General. This man can be second in command."

Marshal Gao was very pleased. "With Han and Peng in the van, we need have no fears about those impudent bandits," he exclaimed.


This is illustrated as number 40a in Klompmakers' book Of Brigands and Bravery: Kuniyoshi's Heroes of the Suikoden, p. 135.

"In chapter 51 the emperor orders the military lord Sōben Koenshaku to destroy the Ryōsanpaku hide-out and in order to accomplish this aim he requests assistance from Tenmokushō Hōki. An extremely talented soldier, Hōki hails from a proud warrior family. After several clashes with Ryōsanpaku brigands, however, Hōki is finally defeated in chapter 54 by the female warrior Ichijōsei Kosanjō... and delivered to Kohōgi Sōkō. Without deliberation, Hōki decides to become a member of the Ryōsanpaku gang." (Ibid., p. 131)

This print in the Lyon Collection shows Hōki with a rope about to tie up an enemy whose horse has fallen into a snow covered trap.


The text at the top reads: 原(もと)東京乃産頴州の団練使なり 後宋江に随ひ北京の城飛虎峪にて大ひに戦ひ数多敵の軍士を生捕