Original Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888) Japanese Woodblock Print
Sumo Wrestler Visiting a Rival
Series; Foundations of Morality and Success (Kyodo Risshi no Motoi)
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Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders. A fascinating series and a great choice for a collector interested in life in late 19th century Japan.
Sumo Wrestler Visiting a Rival - Interesting scene looking inside a home, where the young sumo wrestler Tomochidori is selecting the choicest delicacies to serve to his father, who is seen only in silhouette through the shoji window. His rival Tanikaze Kajinosuke stands outside looking disgruntled, eavesdropping on their conversation, a pair of puppies playing at his feet. Fantastic architectural detail in the home and fine shading in the dark night sky.
Artist - Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning and soiling, stains. A few prints have a few holes or slight thinning at edge, repaired. Please see photos for details.