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The Defeated General
  • Kobayashi Kiyochika
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Tokyo, Japan ; active: Japan
  • The Defeated General, 1894, Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • 日本万歳 百撰百笑 Nihon banzai hyakusen hyashushô (Hurrah for Japan! One Hundred Collected Laughs)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 360 x 238 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 1/8 x 9 3/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 370 x 250 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 9/16 x 9 13/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0059

There is a short commentary in cartouche on the upper section of the print. In the lower section, the Chinese general disguises himself as a woman, while another man kneels on the floor holding a mirror. Some cosmetics are on the floor. In the background, the Japanese army approaches.