Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Sumo Wrestlers Arguing, 1871
Comments - Handsome scene from the kabuki play commonly known as "Sekitori Senryo Nobori" a tale about two sumo wrestlers. In the center, Iwakawa faces a dilemma because he needs money to finish ransoming a courtesan from a teahouse for his supporter. If he is unable to raise the funds, he will lose his honor and embarrass his patron. At right, his rival Tetsugatake suggests that if Iwakawa purposely loses the match to him, he will give him the needed funds. Iwakawa looks up with a tight-lipped frown, unsure what to do. Tetsugatake glares at him angrily, waiting for an answer. From left, the actors are Bando Kichiroku as a rickshaw driver, Nakamura Sagisuke, Bando Hikosaburo, and Nakamura Shikan. Nicely detailed with fine line work in the hair and burnishing on the black kimono collars. A bold design with the striped green border adding graphic impact.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight soiling, light fold at corner. Please see photos for details.