Kotenrai Ryōshin (Heaven-shaking Thunder Ling Zhen)

 
Series
One of the 108 Heroes of the Popular "Water Margin" (Tsūzoku suikoden goketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)
Artist
Creation date
Period
Edo
Materials
color woodblock print
Mark Descriptions
Artist's signature: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga Publisher's mark: Kaga-ya Kichiemon (Seiseidō) Censor's seal: circular kiwame Inscription reads: Originally from Yanling, he served in the Eastern Capital and was skilled in archery and horsemanship and the top expert in cannonballs (pyrotechnics). [He prepared three kinds of fireballs], the first called “wind fireball,” the second called “golden wheel fireball” and the third called “zimu (child and mother) fireball,” each being greatly effective. First he fired them in succession destroying the forces on Duck's Bill Beach in the Lingshan Marsh and then at those who had been thrown into the water, greatly punishing the enemy.
Dimensions
14 15/16 x 10 1/16 in. (image and sheet)
Credit line
Jane Weldon Myers Acquisition Fund
Accession number
2012.30
Collection
Not Currently On View

轟天雷 凌振

The text reads: “Originally from Yanling, [Ryōshin (Líng Zhèn)] served in the Eastern Capital and was skilled in archery and horsemanship and the top expert in cannonballs (pyrotechnics). [He prepared three kinds of fireballs], the first called ‘wind fireball,’ the second called ‘golden wheel fireball,’ and the third called ‘zimu (child and mother) fireball’ [a single large fireball that split into forty-nine lesser ones], each being greatly effective. First he fired them in succession, destroying the forces on Duck’s Bill Beach in the Liangshan Marsh, and then at those who had been thrown into the water, greatly punishing the enemy.”

Here Ryōshin is bombarding the Liangshan outlaws. He was later persuaded by them to leave the imperial army and to join their cause. His heroic stature and savage expression contrast nicely with the intricate, lacelike treatment of the cannon smoke.

Private collector, Seattle; (Jerry Vegder, Prints of Japan, Port Townsend, Washington); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2012.
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