University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Title"Three Cheers from Hell" from the series Nippon Banzai Hyakusen Hyakusho, or Long Live Japan! One Hundred Selections, One Hundred Laughs
Native NameNishiki-e
Object Number: 17334A
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Japanese
Provenience: Japan
Maker: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Matsumoto Heikichi
Period: Meiji
Date Made: 1894
Early Date: 1894
Late Date: 1894
Section:Asian
Materials:Paper
Ink
Technique:Woodblock Printed
Iconography:Sino-Japanese War
Man
Soldiers
Turtle
Flag
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Florence B. Sherman, 1895

Description

Woodblock print of satiric commentary on the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-5. Titled "Three Cheers from Hell" it is part of a series titled Nippon Banzai Hyakusen Hyakusho or " Long Live Japan! One Hundred Selections, One Hundred Laughs", printed in 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.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Images of Victory: Woodblock Prints from the Sino-Japanese War (04 Nov 1995 - 31 Aug 1996)View Objects in Exhibition

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