University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Title"The Skinning of Humans" from the series Nippon Banzai Hyakusen Hyakusho, or Long Live Japan! One Hundred Selections, One Hundred Laughs
Native NameNishiki-e
Object Number:29-96-709
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Japan
Maker: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Honekawa Dojin
Hekichi Matsumoto
Period: Meiji
Date Made: 1894
Early Date: 1894
Late Date: 1894
Technique:Woodblock Printed
Iconography:Male Figure
Inscription Language:Japanese Language
Height: 36.5 cm
Width: 24.5 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:40 - Other Number


Woodblock print of satiric commentary on the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-5. Titled "The Skinning of Humans", it is part of a series titled Nippon Banzai Hyakusen Hyakusho or " Long Live Japan! One Hundred Selections, One Hundred Laughs", printed in October of 1894 by artist Kobayashi Kiyochika and publisher Matsumoto Heikichi. An old man, General Li Hongzhang, is being harassed by a messenger of the Chinese government or army because of his mismanagement of a battle. Three men are walking away with the names of battles on their backs that Li lost. At the top of the page is a block of test explaining this political commentary.

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