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- Object: 天津高等女學堂大演操; Tianjin gaodeng nü xuetang da yancao (Training at a Tianjin Girls' High School)
Woodblock print in ink and colour on paper
- Production date
Height: 58.30 centimetres ((original paper size))
Height: 75.70 centimetres (Mount)
Height: 50.50 centimetres
Width: 94 centimetres ((Image size))
Width: 104.20 centimetres (Mount)
Width: 99.40 centimetres
- 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)
- 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’
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Jean-Pierre Dubosc obtained this print while attached to the French Legation in China, from 1930–1950. Hanshan Tang Books purchased it as part of a collection of prints from Dubosc in 1980. Purchased by British Museum in 1982 from Hanshan Tang Books.
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