Sumo Wrestler Kurosaki Sakichi, 1854

by Gyokuha

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Sumo Wrestler Kurosaki Sakichi, 1854 by Gyokuha

Original Gyokuha Japanese Woodblock Print
Sumo Wrestler Kurosaki Sakichi, 1854

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.

Artist - Gyokuha

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice detail. Horizontal center fold. A few repairs and creases.

Sumo Wrestler Kurosaki Sakichi, 1854 by Gyokuha
Sumo Wrestler Kurosaki Sakichi, 1854 by Gyokuha