Sino-Japanese War 1894-95: Victory - Social Commentary
 
 
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Interesting triptych depicting a Meiji Imperial Army soldier during the Sino-Japanese War and several historic figures. The soldier strikes a pose in the centre, gripping his gun as he looks over his shoulder at a Heian era beauty holding a bow and a quiver of arrows. A samurai in full armour and helmet kneels below, a large club resting against his shoulder. At right, a wild-haired man in Chinese costume rushes ahead with a large rectangular object topped with a demon’s head tucked under his arm. Beside him, a man waits next to a palanquin, an angry grimace on his face. Two small insets at top centre feature views of castles, with a Japanese flag visible at left outside the gate of a Korean  fortress. An unusual and intriguing piece of propaganda, nicely detailed with embossing and on the soldier’s white pants and the beauty’s white kimono

 
     
 
 
 
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