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 - Handsome depiction of two sumo wrestlers grappling in the ring. Judges sit on cushions watching the athletes, while fellow wrestlers view the match on either side. Nicely detailed with lists of the wrestlers' names in yellow text blocks at upper left and upper right.
Artist - Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 29 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Please see photos for details.