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Koto kanjin o-sumo uki-e no zu 江都勧進大相撲浮絵之図 (Perspective Picture of a Grand Fundraising Sumo Tournament in Edo)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1943,1009,0.9

  • Title (object)

    • Koto kanjin o-sumo uki-e no zu 江都勧進大相撲浮絵之図 (Perspective Picture of a Grand Fundraising Sumo Tournament in Edo)
  • Description

    Woodblock print. Uki-e. Sumo. Two wrestlers in middle of crowded arena.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1726-1792 (artist)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 11.5 inches
    • Width: 16.75 inches
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Koto kanjin o-sumo uki-e no zu
      • Inscription Comment

        item title
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Comment

        Shunsho, Katsukawa
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Comment

        publisher's(Tsuru-ki.Senkakudo)
  • Curator's comments

    Sumo took off as a major public preoccupation in Edo in 1782, with the shock defeat after an unbroken run of sixty-three victories of champion Tanikaze by a young newcomer from Osaka, Onogawa. It may have been this event that prompted Shunsho, as part of a general quest for new subjects for his ever-more realist style, to begin designing portraits of individual wrestlers. Sumo tournaments generally tool place for 'ten fine days' in a temporary stadium constructed in the grounds of Eko-in Temple in Honjo district. In addition to the present 'perspective view' (uki-e) of a match in progress, Shunsho also did a view of wrestlers crossing Ryogoku Bridge, followed by an enthusiastic crowd. (Label copy, TTC, 1999.) The area of the print around the wrestlers shows evidence of having been plugged. See Bickford, Sumo and the Woodblock Print Masters, 1994, figs. 23-5, p. 80 (TTC).

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  • Bibliography

    • Edo BM 1982 63 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1943

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1943,1009,0.9

Woodblock print. Uki-e. Sumo. Two wrestlers in middle of crowded arena. Nishiki-e on paper.

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