Hitentaisei Rikon (Li Gun) inspects the valley below from a promontory

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    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.

    In: Impey, Oliver, and Mitsuko Watanabe, Kuniyoshi's Heroes of China and Japan: A Selection of Warriors from Two Series of Prints and a Painting by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798 - 1861), the Suikoden of 1827 and the Taiheki of 1848-9 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2003)

Further reading

Impey, Oliver, and Mitsuko Watanabe, Kuniyoshi's Heroes of China and Japan: A Selection of Warriors from Two Series of Prints and a Painting by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798 - 1861), the Suikoden of 1827 and the Taiheki of 1848-9 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2003), no. 3 on p. 9, illus. p. 15 pl. 3

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