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Battle at Pyong-Yang

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Battle at Pyong-yang

by Utagawa Kokunimasa, 1894

Picture of the violent battle in the snow in the Toshu Province near Wei-Hai-Wei

IHL Cat. #305

About This Print

Battle at Pyong-yang

According to accounts there was fierce fighting, with the Chinese launching repeated cavalry charges, igniting prearranged blazes, and subjecting the Japanese forces to continuous fires.  While the Chinese put up stiff resistance the Japanese "ripped the Chinese army to shreds" and devastated the Chinese morale.1

Japanese officers pictured in this print as identified in the rectangular cartouches are, from left to right:
Lieutenant Colonel Fukushima  中佐 福島
Major General Ootori 少将 大鳥
Lieutenant General Notsu 中将 野津 
The Chinese officer is identified as a general 大将 but his name 清サボキ is unread (possibly General Sei Kinlin), who was captured at this engagement.

1 The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895: Perceptions, Power and Primacy, S. C. M. Paine, Cambridge University Press, 2003

The Battle of Ping-Yang (Pyong-Yang)

New York Times Article - September 18, 1894, Wednesday

CHINESE ROUTED AT PING-YANG; AN ARMY OF TWENTY THOUSAND MEN PUT TO FLIGHT. The Great Battle of Sunday Morning in Northern Corea -- Sixteen Thousand Chinamen Killed, Wounded, and Made Prisoners -- Ping-Yang Now in Possession of the Japanese Forces, and China Without an Effective Army in Corea.

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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #305
 Title (Description) Battle at Pyong-Yang 平壌激戦帝国大勝利
 Artist  Kokunimasa 小国政   (1874 – 1944)
 Signature Kokunimasa
 Seal  Plum blossom
 Pub. Date November 1894 (Meiji 27)
 Publisher Ishijima Yae
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair -wrinkling throughout; sheets joined with folds near seams; left margin containing descriptive information removed; unbacked
 Genre ukiyo-e, senso-e - Meiji era
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper
 14 1/2 x 27 3/4 in.  (36.8 x 70.5 cm) 
 Collections This Print National Diet Library 8-5-1-2 04-063, 062, 061