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天津高等女學堂大演操; Tianjin gaodeng nü xuetang da yancao (Training at a Tianjin Girls' High School)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1982,1217,0.296

  • Title (object)

    • 天津高等女學堂大演操; Tianjin gaodeng nü xuetang da yancao (Training at a Tianjin Girls' High School)
  • Description

    Woodblock print in ink and colour on paper

  • Date

    • 1920-1930
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 94 centimetres ((Image size))
    • Height: 50.5 centimetres
    • Height: 58.3 centimetres ((original paper size))
    • Width: 99.4 centimetres
    • Height: 75.7 centimetres (Mount)
    • Width: 104.2 centimetres (Mount)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        西復興老畫店
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Xi Fu Xing Lao Hua Dian
  • Curator's comments

    This image is an early example of a print with revolutionary themes. Five girls are being drilled with their rifles by a female instructor. Another version in the collection shows an armed cavalry unit. In both prints, the girls wear brightly coloured outfits, flowered hats and leather boots on their small but unbound feet.

    Education for girls began late in China. In the early 20th century, some prints in folk-art style urged social reforms, including better education as well as social, political and military participation for girls. Several prints on this subject have been traced back to their original workshops. This example is from the Xifuxing print shop at Yangliuqing.

    Published: James Flath (2004); Mary Ginsberg (2008)

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  • Bibliography

    • von Spee 2010 cat. no. 70 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2010 May-Sep, BM, Dept of Asia, The Printed Image in China

    2012 5th May -29th July, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘The Printed Image in China’

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1982

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1982,1217,0.296

Woodcut. Military. Six schoolgirls from Tianjin, five with guns and one in command. Printed ink and colours on paper. Inscribed.

Woodcut. Military. Six schoolgirls from Tianjin, five with guns and one in command. Printed ink and colours on paper. Inscribed.

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