Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Hakumenrōkun Teitenja (白面郎君鄭天壽 - aka Zheng Tianshou, the Fair-Faced Gentleman) from the series 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,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga

Related links: British Museum; Tokyo National Museum; Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art;

Physical description:

In the original Chinese version of this tale Zheng Tianshou is first mentioned in Chapter 32. [The Chinese version only has 100 chapters.] It says:

The man on the right had a clean fair complexion, and his face was adorned with a mustache and a goatee. He was tall, slim, broad-shouldered, and handsome. His head was bound with red silk. He came from Suzhou, and his name was Zheng Tianshou. But because of his good looks he was known as the Fair-Faced Gentleman. He had been a silversmith and, since childhood, had been very fond of spears and staves. Eventually he drifted into the gallant fraternity. While passing Clear Winds Mountain he met and fought the Stumpy Tiger fifty or sixty rounds, with neither able to best the other. Yan, impressed by his skill, invited him to join them as third in command.


"Kuniyoshi's portrait of Teitenja refers to chapter 112 when the hero chases an enemy fleeing to his castle near Nochigishū. Poison arrows and large rocks are shot and thrown at Teitenja as he approaches the castle gate. The Ryōsanpaku hero continues his search for the enemy but dies shortly thereafter from his injuries."

Quoted from: Of Brigands and Bravery: Kuniyoshi's Heroes of the Suikoden by Inge Klompmakers, p. 170 with a full-page illustration on page 171.


Also illustrated in 1) a full-page color reproduction in Ukiyo-e: The Art of the Japanese Print by Frederick Harris, 2010, p. 152.

And in color in 2) in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 1, p.87.


There is another copy of this print in the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum.