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Sino-Japanese War Break in the Fighting


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sino-Japanese War Break in the Fighting

After Victory at Asan

by Watanabe Nobukazu, 1894

IHL Cat. #459
A Year-end Present from the Emperor and the Country

About This Print

Nobukazu pictures the troops celebrating after a victory at Asan1, Korea with sake served from barrels labeled 日本一 nipponichi ("Japan's best" or "number one in Japan.")  The small red cartouche in the center panel reads 寄贈品 kizōhin ("gift"), possibly a gift from the emperor.  The small red cartouche in the lower right hand corner sits above captured Chinese weapons and may read 分捕物 ("loot" or "plunder").  The artist did a similar design (see below) for a different publisher in the same year, 1894.

1 known as Gazan in Japanese

center panel cartouche reading "gift" 寄贈品

right panel cartouche (lower right) possible reading "loot" or "plunder" 分捕物

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A similar print by the artist, dated 1894

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title/Description  Gossip from the Sino-Japanese War (Sino-Japanese War break in the fighting after victory at Asan)
 Nisshin sensō yobun 日清戦争余聞
 Artist  Watanabe Nobukazu (1872-1944)
 Signature  Yosai Nobukazu ga
 Seal  not sealed
 Publication Date  August 1894
 Publisher  横山良八 Yokoyama Ryōhachi
 Impression  good
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair - right and center sheets joined, moderate wrinkling throughout, minor red ink offsetting, trimmed to image
 Genre  ukiyo-esenso-e
 Format  vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper 
 13 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (35.2 x 23.5 cm) each sheet

 Collections This Print
 The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-3601, 201-3602, 201-3603; British Library shelfmark: 16126.d.2(74)