Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Wu Yong, the Clever Star (Chitasei Goyō - 智多星呉用), 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: circa 1827 - 1830,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: (Ichiyūsai) Kuniyoshi ga - trimmed on right
(一勇斎) 国芳画
Publisher: Kagaya Kichiemon (Marks 195 seal 22-025)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Museum; Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts; National Museum of Japanese History; University of Tsukuba; Tokyo National Museum;

Physical description:

This is number 9 in Klompmakers' book, Of Brigands and Bravery.

Chitasei Goyō is one of 7 men who form a gang to rob the corrupt and evil governor of Peking of valuable gifts he is sending to his father. "An exceptionally wise man, Goyō is principally entrusted with decisions regarding strategic affairs and plans for the Ryōsanpaku gang." He also "...successfully devises the schemes leading to victories..."

In time he and another cohort commit suicide together on the grave of Kohōgi Sōkō.

"This print belongs to the first set of five prints from the series that were released around 1827. In contrast to the other four - and indeed tot he majority of the series - this compostion of Chitasei Goyō is very static. Goyō is described in the Shuihu zhuan as having well-shaped eyebrows, a white face and a long beard, and Kuniyoshi remains faithful to this description in his design. Dressed in a robe decorated with birds and dragons, he stands next to a quadrant and a celestial globe. Befitting his station as a sage man, he radiates a sens of extreme serenity. Goyō is counting the stars with his fingers and is probably consulting them about a future undertaking by the bandits. The manner in which Kuniyoshi renders Goyō's head, visible through his diaphanous hat, is especially beautiful." Of Brigands and Bravery, p. 58.


Also illustrated in Kuniyoshi by Juzo Suzuki, Heibonsha Limited, Publishers, 1992, no. 81.


There is another copy at the University of Leuven.