Fierce battle between Japan and China at Songhwan Station

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Historical period(s)
Meiji era, August, 1894
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 36.3 x 71.7 cm (14 5/16 x 28 1/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift--the Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection of prints from Meiji Japan
Collection
Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection
Accession Number
S1999.29a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
battle, Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), triptych, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From the 1960s to 1999
Elizabeth D. Woodbury, Japan and Alexandria, VA, purchased in Japan in the 1960s [1]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Elizabeth D. Woodbury in 1999

Notes:

[1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s)

Elizabeth D. Woodbury

Label

The artist of this print is not identified. A network of orange lines represent the terrifying ferocity of the battle in which Chinese and Japanese soldiers fight hand to hand as gunfire, swords, and bayonets threaten them all. The location is Songhwan in southern Korea, the site of a battle on 29 July 1894. Despite the modern weaponry and the novel graphic imagery of the representations of gunfire, much of the visual precedent for portraying the soldiers in battle comes from traditional Japanese paintings which survive from as early as the Kamakura period (1185-1333).

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum