Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders.
Sumo Wrestlers Tomochidori and Tanikaze Kajinosuke - Interesting scene looking inside a home, where the young sumo wrestler Tomochidori is selecting the choicest delicacies to serve to his sick father, who is seen only in silhouette through the shoji window. His rival Tanikaze Kajinosuke stands outside looking disgruntled, eavesdropping on their conversation, a pair of puppies playing at his feet. Tanikaze was impressed by Tomochidori's filial piety and his devotion to his father at the expense of his own well-being. Fantastic architectural detail in the home.
Artist - Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. Light toning. Some prints have a couple small spots. Please see photos for details.
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