Zhu Gui, the Dry-land Crocodile

c. 1827-1830
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳), 1797-1861

Format, Size: Ōban nishiki-e
Series: 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden (通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō (伊場屋仙三郎)
a.k.a. Dansendō, Ibasen (団仙堂、伊場仙)
Signature: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎国芳画)
Reference: Robinson (1982), #S2.27

The censor’s “kiwame” seal appears toward the bottom of this impression, indicating it came from the earlier 1827-1830 edition. The later 1842-1846 edition has a “nanushi” censor’s seal on the right of the print. Early impressions of this design are rare, particularly un-trimmed and in as well-preserved condition as this impression.