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Maker(s):Utagawa Kunitoshi; Matsuno Yonejirō, publisher
Culture:Japanese (active ca. 1847–1899); Japanese (active ca. 1884–1900)
Title:A Picture of The True Story of the Naval Battle Between the Cats and Mice ('Neko to nezumi nishin kaisen zu')
Date Made:1895
Materials:polychrome woodblock print
Place Made:Tokyo
Measurements:sheet: 14 5/8 in x 9 7/8 in ; 37.2 cm x 25.1 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1996.122
Credit Line:Gift of William Green
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

ōban; nishiki-e

Label Text:
The inscription of publisher, Mastuno Yonejirō, a publisher of Russo-Japanese War prints (see Merritt, Helen, and Nanako Yamada, "Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints," University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu(1992): 218.) is printed vertically descending on the left margin and dates this impression June 29, 1895.This is a children's print showing brave Japanese cats vanquishing a Chinese mice navy. The title of the print contains a pun: "Nishin," as written with the characters "ni," to resemble," and "shin," meaning "truth," are homonyms with the term for the first Sino-Japanese war, or "Nishin sensō"; thus the title could be translated "A Picture of the Sino-Japanese Naval Battle of the Cats and Mice." - BB, 2014

animals; fish; battlefields; flags; sails; vessels; fighting; woods; water; trees

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