Kiyochika: Pulling Necks (Kubippiki)
Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Pulling Necks (Kubippiki)
Series: Long Live Japan: One Hundred Victories, One Hundred Laughs (Nihon banzai Hyakusen hyakushô)
From the first group of fifty works from this series. We see a single Japanese soldier defeating three topknotted Chinese rivals at kubippiki, the neck-wrestling contest. The translation of the the inscription is about as classy as one would expect, and does not merit repeating. It includes “You cowards are worthless like crawlers...” This series presented rather cruel caricatures of the Chinese enemy during the Sino-Japanese War.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Literature: See Henry Smith’s book, pages 94-95.