Original Kuniteru II (1829 - 1874) Japanese Woodblock Print
Powerful Professional Sumo Wrestlers in Japan, 1867
Comments - Fantastic six-panel print illustrating professional sumo wrestlers in Japan. The athletes are all sekitori, wrestlers ranked in one of the top two professional classes of the sport. Many wear fringed aprons traditionally worn for the opening ceremony of a match, with one sumo at bottom center performing the foot-stomping ritual said to frighten away demons. A few are dressed black coats and kimono, holding a towel or folding fan. An inset in the form of a scroll unrolling lists information about the wrestlers, and each is accompanied by a small yellow name cartouche. An incredible sumo group portrait, with wonderful individual detail in the figures. A great subject for an enthusiast of this ancient sport.
Artist - Kuniteru II (1829 - 1874)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 56 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Six attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds. A few holes and tears, repaired. Creasing, wrinkling, slight soiling and ink bleeding, stains. Please note, due to the size, this print will be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.