Artist: Utagawa Kuniyasu (歌川国安)

Print: Parody of Zhu Wu: the Divine Strategist "Shinkigunshi Shubu no mitate" (神機軍師朱武の見立) from"Tsūzoku Suikoden Gōketsu Hyaku-hachi-nin no Hitori" (通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個) The hundred and eight heroes of the Suikoden "Ōgiya uchi Hanaōgi" The courtesan Hana-Ogi of the Ogiya house (扇屋内 花扇)

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Dates: 1820 - 1825,created
Dimensions: 9.96 in,13.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

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

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Mead Art Museum, Amherst College;

Physical description:

The curatorial files at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston note: "The series title [of this Kuniyasu print] and its cartouche are copied directly from the famous series by Kuniyoshi. Here, courtesans imitate the Chinese heroes."


In Japan the name Zhu Wu (Shinkigushi Shubu) was translated as Shōkozan. In Of Brigands and Bravery Inge Klompmakers points out that Shinkigushi Shubu figures in two prints in Kuniyoshi's series. In one he is wearing an elaborately decorated robe, which some scholars believe was an indication that this man was originally a silk dyer. The dramatic nature of his robe may have parallels in the gorgeously attired courtesan in the print in the Lyon Collection seen here.

Dressed this way, Shinkigushi Shubu is pointing a sword toward the sky forcing a demon to flee. This is a reference to his magical powers - according to Kuniyoshi - even though "His abilities in the art of witchcraft are not mentioned in the Shuihu zhuan..."