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Object Title"Li Hongzhang's Great Headache" from the series Nippon Banzai Hyakusen Hyakusho, or Long Live Japan! One Hundred Selections, One Hundred Laughs
Native NameNishiki-e
Object Number:17334D
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Japan
Maker: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Matsumoto Heikichi
Period: Meiji
Date Made: 1894
Early Date: 1894
Late Date: 1894
Technique:Woodblock Printed
Iconography:Sino-Japanese War
Li Hongzhang
Jesuit priest
Inscription Language:Japanese Language
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Florence B. Sherman, 1895


Woodblock print of satiric commentary on the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-5. Titled "Li Hongzhang's Great Headache", it is part of a series titled Nippon Banzai Hyakusen Hyakusho or "Long Live Japan! One Hundred Selections, One Hundred Laughs", printed in September of 1894 by artist Kobayashi Kiyochika and publisher Matsumoto Heikichi. This single sheet print portrays a Chinese man, Li Honzhang, a provincial governor, lying in bed with tiny Japanese soldiers aiming rifles and a canon at him and setting fire to his sheets. Chinese figures holding farming tools are coming to defend him. Near his head stands a Jesuit priest. Japanese inscription at top gives title and commentary.

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