Sumo Prints - The ancient sport of Japanese sumo wrestling proved a popular subject for woodblock print artists during the Edo and Meiji eras. Portraits of individual champion wrestlers often depict them during the ring entering ceremony, wearing a ceremonial belt that opens into an apron trimmed with fringed. Other designs show the athletes in action during matches, with the referee and judges present in front of crowds of other sumo and enthusiastic patrons. Matches were sometimes held on the grounds of a temple to raise funds for the temple, with temporary arenas erected for the event. These interesting prints are a nice choice for a collector interested in this classic Japanese sport.
Comments - Terrific triptych depicting the start of a sumo match. A wrestler stands in the center of the ring, stamping his foot as part of a pre-match ritual. He lifts one foot as he gestures with his arm, wearing the traditional fringed ceremonial apron. Two other wrestlers crouch at the edge of the ring, one holding a sword upright, while a referee watches from the right, his fan in hand. Wonderful intricate detail in the fringe and the straw ring. A great choice for a sumo enthusiast.
Artist - Kuniteru II (1829 - 1874)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 29 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small repair. Please see photos for details.
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