Pen and Ink, 9 x 6.5 inches, 1999 Collection of Jeanne and George Bustard
In 1930, this farmer from Manchukuo was discovered among a
traveling group of Chinese fakirs by a Russian employee of an American bank. Luckily, that man had a camera and sent a
snapshot on to cartoonist and showman Robert Ripley of "Believe It Or Not!" fame. Known as Wang (or Weng), the farmer
was normal in every respect except that he had a fourteen-inch horn growing from the back of
his head. For this reason, Wang was also known (at least to Ripley) as "The Human Unicorn."
Last seen in Manchuria, Wang disappeared from the public eye in the early 1930s, despite the
large cash rewards Ripley offered to anyone who could find him again for an American appearance
in Ripley's Odditorium.
Here The Human Unicorn sits quietly contemplating a porcelain vase.