Comments - Great kabuki portrait of Nakamura Fukusuke I as the sekitori or highest ranking sumo wrestler Tetsugatake in a scene from the play commonly known as "Sekitori Senryo Nobori" or "The Rise of the 1000 Ryo Wrestler." His fellow wrestler Inagawa faces a dilemma because he needs money to finish ransoming a courtesan from a teahouse for his supporter. If he is unable to raise the funds, he will lose his honor and embarrass his patron. Tetsugatake suggests that if Inagawa purposely loses the match to him, he will give him the needed funds. Here, the wrestler grimaces with rage as he looks down, a folding fan decorated with shoji game pieces in his hand. He wears a patterned coat over a red-violet kimono and red under robe, tied with and orange obi. At lower right, a black lacquer mirror rests atop a stand. A nice expressive figure with fine line work in the hair.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 3/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details.
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