The Brave Sekitori-rank Sumo Wrestlers

by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

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The Brave Sekitori-rank Sumo Wrestlers by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

Original Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Brave Sekitori-rank Sumo Wrestlers

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 - Great depiction of a group of sumo wrestlers in the sekitori rank, a ranking in the top two professional divisions. Many of the athletes wear the kesho-mawashi or loincloth that opens out into an apron trimmed with fringe that is worn during the ring entering ceremony, while others wear kimono. Each is identified with a oval yellow name cartouche and a banzuke or list runs across the top in the form of an unrolled scroll. Wonderful detail and expressive faces in this terrific group portrait, detailed with burnished patterns on the black kimono, a deluxe publishing technique. A nice subject for a collector interested in this ancient sport.

Artist - Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 29 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice detail. A few small losses and holes, repaired. Light creasing throughout.

The Brave Sekitori-rank Sumo Wrestlers by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)
The Brave Sekitori-rank Sumo Wrestlers by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)
The Brave Sekitori-rank Sumo Wrestlers by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

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