Confrontation between Sumo Wrestlers, 1856

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Confrontation between Sumo Wrestlers, 1856 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Confrontation between Sumo Wrestlers, 1856

Comments - Handsome kabuki scene of a confrontation between two sumo wrestlers outside a teahouse. At left, the younger Choemon frowns at his rival, the elder Ushigase Kuzaemon, who scowls back at him. In the center, Choemon's wife Okina leads her younger sister Ohan by the hand, both women smiling happily, seemingly unaware of any conflict between the athletes. At right, Kuzaemon has a furry dark blue-green coat draped over his shoulders, worn over a black and brown striped kimono and a patterned under robe. From left, the actors are Kataoka Gado II as Katsuragawa Choemon, Iwai Kumesaburo III as Okinu's younger sister Ohan, Ichikawa Dannosuke V as Choemon's wife Okinu, and Seki Sanjuru III as Ushigase Kuzaemon. An attractive design with expressive figures and a nicely detailed setting with a wooden fence surrounding pine trees in the courtyard behind them, and curtains hanging in the doorway.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 14" x 28 1/8"

Condition - Nice detail. Backed with paper. Horizontal centerfold, vertical folds between panels. A few small repairs, a couple wrinkles in right panel.

Confrontation between Sumo Wrestlers, 1856 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Confrontation between Sumo Wrestlers, 1856 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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