Kiyochika: Kuropatkin Ready for Anything Awaits the Japanese

Kobayashi Kiyochika

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Kuropatkin Ready for Anything Awaits the Japanese 
Date: 1904

The Russian General Alexei Nikolayevich Kuropatkin stands armed and looking up at an approaching Japanese soldier. Kuropatkin was the Russian Imperial Minister of War, and here he is depicted as the legendary Japanese warrior-monk Benkei. Despite his impressive appearance, as soon as Kuropatkin sees a Japanese soldier, he begs the soldier to spare him. The container on his belt is labeled “lies” (bora). 

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Signature: Kiyochika  Literature: See Henry Smith’s book, pages 112-113. See Library of Congress online.


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