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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Gyokukirin Roshungi (Lu Junyi, the Jade Unicorn - 玉麒麟盧俊義) 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: circa 1827 - 1830,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
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; Tokyo National Museum;

Physical description:

We first hear of Lu Junyi at the end of Chapter 60 or the Outlaws of the Marsh (p. 976). Song Jiang had stopped to pray for the easy entry into heaven of Chao Gai. Song asked a Buddhist priest if he knew of any of note in the Northern Capital. The priest said: "Surely you have heard of the Jade Unicorn of Heibei?" This jogged Song's memory. "There is a rich man in the Northern Capital called Lu Junyi. His nickname is the Jade Unicorn. He is one of the Three Remarkable Men of Heibei Province. He lives in the capital city and is highly skilled in the martial arts. With cudgel and staff he has no equal. If we could get him to join our stronghold, we'd need have no fear of any government troops or police sent to catch us."

How could Song, a man known as the Wizard, convince such a wealthy accomplished man to join them and become an outlaw? But succeed he did. "...Lu Junyi cast aside embroidered banners and beaded drapes and entered instead the dragon's pool and tiger's den. Truly, to bring one man into the Marsh, warfare was inflicted on the entire population." That story is told in Chapter 61.

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"Gyokukirin Roshungi is a very wealthy man and a skilled warrior from Peking. In that Roshungi is unrivalled in wielding the club and the staff, Kohōgi Sōkō wants to enlist him as a leader of the Ryōsanpaku forces. Following a cunning plan by Chitasei Goyō, the Ryōsanpaku heroes try to persuade Roshungi in chapter 60 to join their ranks. Before this happens, however, a number of events occur. Chitasei Goyō, pretending to be a fortune-teller, tells Roshungi that something evil is going to happen and that he best escape. The rich thanks Goyō for his advice and proceeds to leave his home and family. Shortly thereafter he becomes embroiled in a fight with Kaoshō Rochishin..., then with Gyōja Bushō... and finally with three men at once: Sekihakki Ryūtō, Hakutenchō Rio and Bossharan Bokukō." Klompmakers, p. 126

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This print is the center panel of a three-sheet composition and it is listed as #39b in Klompmakers' book, Of Brigands and Bravery.