Daidozan Holding up a Go Board

by Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)

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Daidozan Holding up a Go Board by Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)

Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Daidozan Holding up a Go Board

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Takamizawa Reprints - Handsome reprint by the venerable Takamizawa publisher. Takamizawa was known as one of the finest reprint publishers of the 20th century, and produced some of the highest quality ukiyo-e woodblock reprints of all time. Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the prints were produced replicating original Edo era colors and printed on beautiful handmade paper. The printers worked with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color and line work. All prints bear a "Takamizawa" seal on the reverse or in the margin attesting to the Takamizawa publication of these prints. A great opportunity to acquire a fine reprint of a classic ukiyo-e design.

Daidozan Holding up a Go Board - Fantastic portrait of the boy sumo wrestler Daidozan Bungoro demonstrating his strength by holding up a heavy go board above his head. In 1795 at the age of eight, the child prodigy weighed nearly 180 pounds and was almost 4 feet tall. He appeared in the ring in Edo initially as entertainment during the opening ceremonies of matches. Here, he waves the go board above his head to blow out the flame of the candle in the stand before him. A fascinating subject for collectors interested in sumo prints or go boards. A rarely seen Sharaku design.

Artist - Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)

Image Size - 14 7/8" x 10" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice detail. Thinning at corners, small tears at edges, repaired. A few small indented marks near center.

Daidozan Holding up a Go Board by Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)
Daidozan Holding up a Go Board by Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)

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