Sino-Japanese War 1894-95: The Yellow Sea
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Interesting scene from the time of the Sino-Japanese War of Japanese sailors on board a ship (The Takachicho), one of the men holding a falcon (eagle) with a rope around its leg. The other men lean forward, examining the bird closely with much interest. An inset at upper left shows the Emperor Jimmu, the legendary first emperor of Japan, standing atop a cliff. Supposedly born in southern Kyushu, he decided to move eastward to conquer the entire country. With the assistance of a Yata crow as a guide, he reached Yamato and was victorious in battle, accepting the throne of Japan.

Instead of a crow, Kogyo, depicts a falcon (eagle), atop the emperor’s staff with rays of yellow and white light radiating from it. A handsome and unusual war propaganda design by Kogyo, who is best known for his Noh theatre prints.
Collections :      Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.


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