University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object TitleThree Cheers from Hell from the series Hyakusen Hyakusho, or One Hundred Selections, One Hundred Laughs
Native NameNishiki-e
Object Number: 17334A
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Japan
Maker: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Matsumoto Heikichi
Date Made: 1894
Early Date: 1894
Late Date: 1894
Technique:Woodblock Printed
Iconography:Sino-Japanese War
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Florence B. Sherman, 1895


Woodblock print of satiric commentary on Sino-Japanese War of 1894-5. Part of a series titled Hyaku sen Haku sho or One Hundred Selections, One Hundred Laughs, printed in September-November of 1894 by artist Kobayashi Kiyochika and publisher Matsumoto Heikichi. This single sheet print portrays Emma, judge and king of the Buddhist hell, standing behind a podium/table with an attendant at his left and two heads on a stand on his right as he is faces a crowd of drowned sailors from the Chinese fleet. Japanese inscription at top gives title and commentary.

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