The Fall of Pyongyang, from a series on the Sino-Japanese War

Migita Toshihide Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 231

Amid the smoke of battle, Japanese troops encircle panicked Chinese soldiers in this panoramic view of the conquest of the Korean city of Pyongyang during the first Sino-Japanese War (1894–95). This propagandistic image, aimed at a domestic Japanese audience and saturated with racist overtones, draws a contrast between the Japanese participants’ modern, Western-style uniforms and the traditional attire of the Chinese fighters. In one passage, a Japanese soldier grabs a Chinese counterpart by his braid while raising a sword in his other hand. Countless Korean civilians and tens of thousands of Chinese and Japanese troops lost their lives in the war.

The Fall of Pyongyang, from a series on the Sino-Japanese War, Migita Toshihide (Japanese, 1863–1925), Set of six woodblock prints; ink and color on paper, Japan

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