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Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

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Kuniyoshi’s Heroes of China and Japan

A catalogue of the Ashmolean’s collection of warriors by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) by Oliver Impey and Mitsuko Watanabe (published Oxford, 2003).

Kuniyoshi’s Heroes of China and Japan by Oliver Impey and Mitsuko Watanabe

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Hitentaisei Rikon (Li Gun)

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  • Kuniyoshi’s Heroes of China and Japan by Oliver Impey and Mitsuko Watanabe

    Kuniyoshi’s Heroes of China and Japan

    Suikoden chapter 58

    Hitentaisei Rikon was born in Hi-ken (Pei xian). He was an expert in the use of the marutate (a round shield that had twenty-four knives attached to it), while he usually carried a spear in his left hand and a knife in his right hand, though Kuniyoshi does not depict him thus. He was a brigand on Bōtō-zan (Mangtou shan) famous as the site where the great general Ryuhō raised his army, killing many poisonous snakes. Here Rikon placed his army for a battle against Kyūmonryū Shishin (Shi Jin), Shinkigunshi Shubu (Zhu Wu), Chōkanko Chintatsu (Chen Da) and Hakukada Yōshun (Yang Chun), also heroes included in the Suikoden.

    In this print, Rikon is in full armour, holding a long-handled axe, keeping look-out from a lofty rock.
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