Captain Higuchi rescuing a Chinese infant

Artist: Ogata Gekkō 尾形月耕 (1859-1920)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1895
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 36.1 x 72.2 cm (14 3/16 x 28 7/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift--the Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection of prints from Meiji Japan
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection, infant, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Sino-Japanese War, triptych, WWII-era provenance

From the 1960s to 1999
Elizabeth D. Woodbury, Japan and Alexandria, VA, purchased in Japan in the 1960s [1]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Elizabeth D. Woodbury in 1999


[1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Elizabeth D. Woodbury


This print portrays the story of Captain Higuchi, commander of the Sixth Division, who discovered a Chinese infant lying in the snow as he advanced with his troops toward Weihaiwei on the Shandong Peninsula in China. Captain Higuchi continued to fight with his sword as he made his way with his troops toward his objective. He is shown here in the act of handing over the child to a Chinese prisoner to be returned to his parents. This episode, which combined martial bravery with compassion, was portrayed many times by Japanese print artists.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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