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triptych print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1907,0531,0.390.1-3

  • Description

    Colour woodblock-printed triptych. Pre-match procession at sumo tournament: wrestlers processing in open-air stadium; champion Inazuma accompanied by bow-bearer at ring in centre; audience in background and foreground. Signed, marked and inscribed.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1796
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 37 centimetres (each)
    • Width: 24.5 centimetres (each)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        centre sheet, image, bottom right
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        春英画
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shun'ei ga
      • Inscription Translation

        Picture by Shun'ei
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        centre sheet, image, bottom right
      • Inscription Comment

        Mark of the publisher, Nishimuraya Yohachi.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        centre sheet, image, second wrestler from left
      • Inscription Content

        稲妻
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Inazuma
  • Curator's comments

    Smith 1988

    The tournament was held at Kaikoin in October 1796. The scene is a curious mixture, the recession well-handled, the wrestlers (admittedly large) shown far larger than life. The artist depicts the daily 'dohyoiri', where the senior wrestlers process into the ring in order of rank, ending with the top-rank 'yokozuna', accompanied by a sword-bearer. The wrestlers were divided into two groups - east and west. The wrestler Inazuma shown at the centre of the ring was the winner of this tournament, but he failed to reach the upper ranks and retired in 1804. The signature is 'Painted by Shun'ei'.

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  • Bibliography

    • Hizo Ukiyo-e taikan Vol 2 116 bibliographic details
    • Smith 1988 132 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2001, 30 Jan-8 Apr, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Arts of Japan: Recently repaired paintings, Ukiyo-e IV'

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1907

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1907,0531,0.390.1-3

  • Additional IDs

    • B35

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