Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku, 1853

by Kunisato (died 1858)

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Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku, 1853 by Kunisato (died 1858)

Original Kunisato (died 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku, 1853

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.

Comments - Terrific panoramic view of a sumo tournament being held in a temporary arena at Ryogoku. Crowds make their way down the street at right, gathering in front of the entrance at lower left. At bottom center, sake casks are stacked high in a display outside the arena. Several wrestlers can be seen among the throngs of people, conspicuous by their large size. A fantastic design with wonderful detail.

Artist - Kunisato (died 1858)

Image Size - 14" x 29 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Good color and detail. A few small repairs and creases.

Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku, 1853 by Kunisato (died 1858)
Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku, 1853 by Kunisato (died 1858)

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