Sino-Japanese War 1894-95: Manchurian Campaign Part 3, December 1894 - March 1895
 
 
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Intriguing scene from the Sino Japanese War of a soldier sleeping on a bed of straw in his tent during a truce. His dream emerges in a cloud at right, showing the soldier returning home to a hero’s welcome. His wife and another woman kneel on the front deck, with his young son standing in the doorway holding a toy bugle and wearing a miniature soldier’s cap. His mother stands beside the boy, wiping tears from her eyes with her sleeve. Large Japanese flags flank the doorway, and a blossoming tree frames the view.

Unusual and creative design from this historic war, detailed with embossing in the white shoji panels, and soft shading in the starry night sky at left.                          

Collections: Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts. 
Gene and Susan Roberts Collection, Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

References: Illustrated in the 2001 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts publication “Japan at the Dawn of the Modern Age”, Catalogue number 49, p.97.
Illustrated in the 2008 paper Throwing Off Asia II: woodblock prints of the Sino-Japanese War (1894-95) by John W. Dower – Chapter Two, “Kiyochika’s War”.pp.2-1 and 2-5.
Illustrated in the 1977 Kodansha publication, First Sino-Japanese War Nishikie Chronicle (Ukiyo-e, 1894-95), p.60.

 

 
     
 
 
 
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