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Illustration of Our Army’s Triumphal Return and Distinguished Service Awards

Japanese Troops Attack the Chinese Cavalry in the Vicinity of Hushan
 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Illustration of Our Army’s Triumphal Return and Distinguished Service Awards

by Utagawa Kokunimasa, 1895

A Shinpa play "Comedy, Fueteru"


IHL Cat. #2283

About This Print

Source: The Sino-Japanese War, Nathan Chaikin, self-published, 1983, p.103.
While there is no month of publication on this 1895 print, it was likely issued not too long after the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki on April 17 which ended the first Sino-Japanese War. In this print an army officer receives an award from the emperor. Some 2000 awards were given to both military personnel and civilians for their service and sacrifice during the war. 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2283
 Title (Description) Illustration of Our Army’s Triumphal Return and Distinguished Service Awards
 我軍凱旋勲功賞賜ノ図 Wagagun gaisen kunkō shōshi no zu
 Artist Utagawa Kokunimasa (1874-1944)
 Signature
Kokunimasa 小国政
 Seal no artist seal
 Publication Date 1895 (Meiji 28) [see date below on publisher seal]
 Publisher
Katada Chōjirō 田長次郎 [Marks: pub. ref. 217; seal not shown]

 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - trimmed to the image; three separate panels; not backed
 Genre nishiki-e; senso-e
 Miscellaneous
The two square seals, to the left of the publisher's seal , left bottom of the print (detail shown left), are associated with a number of publishers during the 1890s, including the publishers Hasegawa Sumi 長谷川寿美, Katada Chōjirō 田長次郎 and Komori Sōjirō 小森宗次郎. They often appear near the publisher's name. Taken together, the seals read kumiai seigen 組合正言.  Kumiai can be translated as "guild" and seigen can be translated as "censor" (using the Chinese meaning for the word.)  So, we may have some type of publisher's guild approval or censor seal.
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper and Image
 right sheet: 14 x 9 1/4 in. (35.6 x 23.5 cm)
 center sheet: 14 x 9 1/8 in. (35.6 x 23.2 cm)
 right sheet: 14 x 8 13/16 in. (35.6 x 22.4 cm)
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last revision:
6/11/2020 created

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