Kiyochika: Russian Demon Requesting Surrender

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Russian Demon Requesting Surrender
Series: Long Live Japan: One Hundred Victories, One Hundred Laughs (Nihon banzai Hyakusen hyakushô)
Date: 1904

This must be a Russian demon, due to his red hair and beard and destroyed boats as shoes. He holds in one hand the white flag of surrender and in the other a sheathed knife, which is probably a symbol of fealty. Around his neck is a clearly empty (alligator) purse, and behind him is a destroyed warship.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Literature: See Henry Smith’s book, pages 94-95.
Signature: Kiyochika