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  • amphora

    Pottery: black-figured 'Tyrrhenian' amphora: Designs black on red ground; no accessories. (a) Combat of warriors over a fallen warrior: The prostrate man has helmet, cuirass, greaves, sword, and shield by his side; over him strides a...

    • Object type: amphora
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Archaic Greek
    • Production date: 540BC
    • Find spot: Caere
  • amphora

    Pottery: black-figured amphora. Designs black on deep buff ground, with a band of network below; accessories of purple. Handles thin and grooved; under each, a palmette and lotus pattern. On the neck: (a) Two wrestlers about to engage,...

    • Object type: amphora
    • Producer: Nikosthenes (Made by)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Attic; Archaic Greek
    • Production date: 550BC-540BC
    • Production place: Attica
    • Find spot: Agrigento
  • album

    Album of trades and occupations. 22 scenes. The end-papers with a print on the Keng-Chin T'u and world map. It includes an scene of 'Ssirum' (Korean wrestling), where a sweet-seller, spectators and a pair of wrestlers are painted with...

    • Object type: album
    • Producer: Kim Hongdo 김홍도 金弘道 (Danwon 단원 檀園) (School of/style of)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Choson Dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC
    • Production place: Korea
  • painting

    Painting. Sumo wrestler and attendant on their way to the arena, depicted in the distance. Originally in an album including 17 Japanese scenes in Nagasaki style, S Indian miniatures and miscellaneous Victorian ephemera.

    • Object type: painting
    • Producer: Kawahara Keiga (川原慶賀) (Painted by)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Bunsei Era
    • Production date: 1820-1830
    • Production place: Nagasaki-shi
  • Septem orbis admiranda; print

    Plate 1, the statue of Jupiter at Olympia, seated at centre, surrounded by columns; with men wrestling in foreground and spectators on all sides; from a series of seven prints depicting the seven wonders of the world. 1608 Etching

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Antonio Tempesta (Print made by)
    • Production date: 1608
  • drawing

    A composition with nine nude men, after Parmigianino; with a man at centre in profile to right, wrestling another over his shoulder Pen and brown ink, with brown wash

    • Object type: drawing
    • Producer: Parmigianino (After)
    • Production date: 1518-1540
  • print; book-illustration

    A public wrestler; whole-length figure, his head turned slightly to right; bare-chested; wearing short trousers and a pointed cap; a tower and wall in background; from a series of 127 woodcuts. 1582 Woodcut

    • Object type: print; book-illustration
    • Producer: Melchior Lorck (Print made by)
    • Production date: 1582
  • amphora

    Pottery: black-figured amphora. Accessories sparingly used. (a) Wrestling-match: An athlete to right is about to strike with his fist his opponent, who has fallen on right knee, and is looking back with left hand raised, as if appealing to...

    • Object type: amphora
    • Producer: The Leagros Group (Attributed to)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Attic; Archaic Greek
    • Production date: 515BC-500BC
    • Production place: Attica
    • Find spot: Vulci
  • plaque

    Bronze plaque with gold and silver inlay, showing cupids wrestling and boxing.

    • Object type: plaque
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Roman
    • Production date: 1stC
  • painting; manuscript; album

    Yudishthira wrestling with Karna. Page from an illustrated manuscript of the Razmnama. Originally belonged to manuscript dated 1007 AH / AD 1598. Both men, stripped to the waist and standing, embrace one another in this traditional form of...

    • Object type: painting; manuscript; album
    • Producer: Mákr (Made by)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Mughal dynasty
    • Production date: 1598
    • Production place: India
  • Tsuzoku Suikoden Goketsu Hyakuhachi-nin no Hitori; print

    Woodblock print.Classical literature. History, myth and legend. The wrestler Roshi Ensei, trampling on the eyes of a defeated rival.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (Print artist)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production date: 1827-1830
    • Production place: Japan
  • toy; figure

    Toy figure (one of set of four); wrestler mould-made of white plastic; hands and face painted pink; belt and star on chest painted silver; mounted with rubber band on blue plastic straw filled with sugar circles; red plastic cape.

    • Object type: toy; figure
    • Production date: 1980s
    • Production place: Acaxochitlan
  • toy; figure

    Toy figure (one of set of four); wrestler mould-made of red plastic; hands, feet and hair painted black; yellow plastic cape; mounted with rubber band on red plastic straw filled with multi-coloured sugar circles.

    • Object type: toy; figure
    • Production date: 1980s
    • Production place: Acaxochitlan
  • Wrestlers; print

    Abstract composition with figures entwined. c.1910-15 Linocut

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (Print made by)
    • Production date: 1910-1915
  • print

    Hercules wrestling Antaeus; Hercules at right, in profile to left, lifting Antaeus off the ground; a shield and a jawbone on the ground; townscape background. 1529 Engraving

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Heinrich Aldegrever (Print made by)
    • Production date: 1529
  • The Labours of Hercules; print

    Hercules wrestling Antaeus; standing in frontal view at centre, lifting Antaeus off the ground; his club on the ground at right; rocky landscape in background; from a series of twelve engravings. 1545 Engraving

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Sebald Beham (Print made by)
    • Production date: 1545
  • The Labours of Hercules; print

    Hercules wrestling Antaeus; standing in frontal view at centre, lifting Antaeus off the ground; his club on the ground at right; rocky landscape in background; from a series of twelve engravings. 1545 Engraving

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Sebald Beham (Print made by)
    • Production date: 1545
  • The Labours of Hercules; print

    Hercules wrestling Antaeus; standing in frontal view at centre, lifting Antaeus off the ground; his club on the ground at right; rocky landscape in background; from a series of twelve engravings. 1545 Engraving

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Sebald Beham (Print made by)
    • Production date: 1545
  • prize/trophy; Panathenaic amphora

    Pottery: black-figured Panathenaic amphora. Free style, with few archaisms. Designs on panels with accessories of white and buff. On the neck, double honeysuckle-pattern. (a) Athene standing to right between two Doric columns, with left...

    • Object type: prize/trophy; Panathenaic amphora
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Attic
    • Production date: 332BC-331BC
    • Production place: Attica
    • Find spot: Capua
  • Newes Gradesca Büchlein; print; ornament print

    Plate 7: Grotesque panel with two male figures wrestling at centre; below a lion attacking a bull; from a series of thirteen plates with grotesque panels. 1607 Etching

    • Object type: print; ornament print
    • Producer: Lucas Kilian (Print made by); Lucas Kilian (Published by)
    • Production date: 1607
    • Production place: Augsburg
  • hydria

    Pottery: black-figured hydria. Designs in black on red panels, with borders of ivy down the sides and palmettes along the bottom; accessories of white and purple. 1. On the shoulder: Pentathlon: On the left a pair of wrestlers with arms...

    • Object type: hydria
    • Producer: The Leagros Group (Attributed to)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Attic; Archaic Greek
    • Production date: 510BC-500BC
    • Production place: Attica
    • Find spot: Etruria
  • figure

    Bronze figures of two wrestlers. These small, semi-naked figures are arranged in corresponding poses, but facing away from each other. They are shown with knees bent, bottoms out, backs straight, each gripping the other's right hand, while...

    • Object type: figure
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Eastern Zhou dynasty
    • Production date: 5thC BC-4thC BC
    • Production place: China
  • prize/trophy; panathenaic amphora

    Pottery: Panathenaic amphora. Obverse archaistic style. Designs in panels, as before; neck with double honeysuckle pattern, with elongated tongue-pattern below. (a) Athene standing to left between two Doric columns, with left foot...

    • Object type: prize/trophy; panathenaic amphora
    • Producer: Kittos (Made by)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Classical Greek
    • Production date: 365BC-360BC
    • Production place: Attica
    • Find spot: Taucheira
  • kantharos

    Black figured pottery stemmed kantharos with a flaring foot. Design black on red ground; merely painted. Round the rim, ivy-leaves; above the design a chevron-pattern interspersed with dots. Frieze of various figures: On the left a seated...

    • Object type: kantharos
    • Production date: 520BC-500BC
  • drawing

    Two men wrestling Black chalk

    • Object type: drawing
    • Producer: Daniele da Volterra (Drawn by)
    • Production date: 1524-1566
  • drawing

    A nude wrestler about to grapple, turned to right Black chalk

    • Object type: drawing
    • Producer: Daniele da Volterra (Drawn by)
    • Production date: 1524-1566
  • drawing

    A nude wrestler about to grapple, turned slightly to right Black chalk

    • Object type: drawing
    • Producer: Daniele da Volterra (Drawn by)
    • Production date: 1524-1566
  • drawing

    Two wrestlers about to grapple Black chalk, squared for transfer

    • Object type: drawing
    • Producer: Daniele da Volterra (Drawn by)
    • Production date: 1524-1566
  • drawing

    The Wrestlers; two men wrestling, seen from back and side Black chalk on light blue paper, squared for transfer

    • Object type: drawing
    • Producer: Rodolphe Julian (Drawn by)
    • Production date: 1839-1907
  • figure

    Bronze group of wrestlers, perhaps allegorical of Ptolemy overcoming his enemies.

    • Object type: figure
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Roman Imperial
    • Find spot: Egypt
  • figure

    Bronze group showing a wrestling contest. One wrestler seems to be attempting a cross-buttocks, in an effort to throw his opponent over his head.

    • Object type: figure
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Roman
    • Production date: 1stC BC-1stC
  • drawing

    Outline drawing 'The Wrestlers' Graphite

    • Object type: drawing
    • Producer: Henry Fuseli (Attributed to)
    • Production date: 1741-1825
  • relief; panel

    Terracotta Campana relief showing a scene in a palaistra (wrestling school). On the right is a statue of a victorious boxer holding a palm-branch and a winner's ribbon. A boxing thong is bound on to his left fist and forearm. On a pillar is...

    • Object type: relief; panel
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Roman
    • Production date: 1stC
  • prize/trophy; Panathenaic amphora

    Pottery Panathenaic amphora. Obverse archaistic. Designs black on red panels, with accessories of buff and white; black varnish much worn. On the obverse the panel is continuous with neck; on the reverse it is separated by a black border....

    • Object type: prize/trophy; Panathenaic amphora
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Classical Greek
    • Production date: 367BC-366BC
    • Production place: Attica
    • Find spot: Taucheira
  • painting

    Watercolour painting on paper of a group of wrestlers exercising in a forest. All the figures bar two wear loincloths. The remaining two are possibly women and wearing sari’s. Some of the wresters are seated on the ground watching on whilst...

    • Object type: painting
    • Production date: 19thC(early)
    • Find spot: India
  • painting

    Painting. Krsna with female attendants watching wrestlers. Gouache on paper. Inscribed.

    • Object type: painting
    • Production date: 1790-1810
    • Find spot: India
  • painting

    Painting. Wrestlers. Gouache on paper. Inscribed.

    • Object type: painting
    • Production date: 1790-1810
    • Find spot: India
  • cup

    Pottery: red-figured cup. Interior: woman. Exterior: athletes.

    • Object type: cup
    • Producer: The Cat and Dog Painter (Painted by)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Attic
    • Production date: 470BC-460BC
    • Production place: Attica
  • All-in wrestling; print

    Balcony view across heads of audience to ring below. 1936 Etching

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Daphne Lindner (Print made by)
    • Production date: 1936
  • cup

    Pottery: red-figured cup decorated on the interior with an erotic scene, and on the exterior with athletes. INTERIOR: love-making. A bearded, naked man kneels to the right, his back resting against a large folded cushion decorated with...

    • Object type: cup
    • Producer: The Dokimasia Painter (Attributed to)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Attic
    • Production date: 480BC
    • Production place: Attica
    • Find spot: Vulci
  • Robert A Lever; print

    Print; A large group of people assembled outdoors sitting in a circle, in the middle of the circle two men are engaged in wrestling; a thatched-roof building and trees behind the assembled group; Tonga (?). Gelatin silver print

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Robert A Lever (Photographed by)
    • Ethnic name: Tongan
    • Production date: 1940s
    • Production place: Tonga
  • gem

    Plasma gem engraved with two boys wrestling; on the right the trainer leans against a cippus; he is half-draped, bald and bearded, and carries a rod; on the left is a term of Hermes and an oil-flask hanging from a tree.

    • Object type: gem
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Roman Imperial
    • Production date: 1stC-3rdC
  • print

    Woodblock print. Small boys wrestling.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Suzuki Harunobu (鈴木春信) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1724-1770
    • Production place: Japan
  • print

    Woodblock print.Three small boys sumo wrestling beside a stream with autumn grasses.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Suzuki Harunobu (鈴木春信) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1724-1770
    • Production place: Japan
  • kylix

    Pottery: red-figured kylix: INTERIOR: Trainer and boxer. A bearded trainer stands to the right, but looks back over his shoulder to the left. He wears a himation (black border; battlement border around shoulder only), shoes and a red...

    • Object type: kylix
    • Producer: The Foundry Painter (Attributed to)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Attic
    • Production date: 490BC-480BC
    • Production place: Attica
    • Find spot: Vulci
  • Koto kanjin o-sumo uki-e no zu 江都勧進大相撲浮絵之図; uki-e; print

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

    • Object type: uki-e; print
    • Producer: Katsukawa Shunsho (勝川春章) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1726-1792
    • Production place: Japan
  • surimono

    Surimono; woodblock print. Toy wrestler in a basket. Signed; sealed.

    • Object type: surimono
    • Producer: Rokka (Print artist)
    • Production place: Japan
  • Daishin han, Dai sumo 大新板、大相撲; print

    Copperplate print (dobanga). Miniature full-length portraits of wrestlers from the East on the right hand side, and portraits of wrestlers from the West on the left hand side.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Ishida Kyokuzan (石田旭山) (Print artist); Ishida Yunen (石田有年) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 19thC(late)
    • Production place: Japan
  • diptych print

    The actors Bando Mitsugoro III as the wrestler Kaminari Tsurunosuke (left) and Sawamura Sojuro IV as the wrestler Narukami Kajinosuke in the play "Sugata no Hana Azuma no Datezome", performed at the Ichimura theatre in the third month,...

    • Object type: diptych print
    • Producer: Suzuki Ihei (Published by); Utagawa Toyokuni I (歌川豊国) (Print artist)
    • Production place: Japan
  • print

    Woodblock print. Boys wrestling in front of pergola with wisteria and poem.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Suzuki Harunobu (鈴木春信) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1724-1770
    • Production place: Japan
  • print

    Woodblock print. Kabuki. Actors Nakamura Sukegoro and Otani Hiroji as sumo wrestlers.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Komai Yoshinobu (駒井美信) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1770
    • Production place: Japan
  • column krater

    Body sherd (rejoined from two fragments) of Attic Black Figure pottery open vessel, possibly a column krater; interior: glazed streaky black; exterior: black figure decoration consisting of wrestling scene (from left, part of one leg of one...

    • Object type: column krater
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Attic; Archaic Greek
    • Production date: 575BC-550BC
    • Production place: Attica
    • Find spot: Naukratis
  • photographic print

    Photograph (black and white); of an illustration depicting two Indigenous Australian men wrestling out of doors, with a crowd of Indigenous Australian people watching; Australia. Gelatin silver print

    • Object type: photographic print
    • Producer: William Blandowski (Photographed by)
    • Ethnic name: Indigenous Australian
    • Production date: 20thC(early)
    • Production place: Australia
  • kylix

    Pottery: red-figured kylix. Exterior: (a) Two youths wrestling, beside a stele on the left. This group seems to represent an intermediate stage between the two scenes shown on BM Vase Ε94, the relative positions of the combatants being...

    • Object type: kylix
    • Producer: The Codrus Painter (Attributed to)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Attic
    • Production date: 430BC
    • Production place: Attica
  • kylix

    Pottery: red-figured kylix. Interior: Within a circle of single maeanders interspersed with eight chequered squares, an athlete standing to right, holding strigil in left: his right arm akimbo, mantle hanging from left forearm: he wears...

    • Object type: kylix
    • Producer: The Codrus Painter (Attributed to)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Attic
    • Production date: 430BC
    • Production place: Attica
    • Find spot: Nola
  • Tengan Isobei 天眼磯兵衞; Honcho Suikoden goyu happyakunin no hitori 本朝水滸傳豪傑八百人一個; print

    Woodblock print, oban tate-e. The tattooed Tengan Isobei throwing Yasha Arashi in a wrestling bout.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Kagaya Kichiemon (Published by); Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (Print artist)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production date: 1830-1832
    • Production place: Edo
  • Matsumoto Koshiro IV as Sekitori Katsuragawa no Choemon(?) and Sakata Hangoro III 四代目松本高四郎の関取桂川長右衛門(?)と三代目坂田半五郎; diptych print

    Colour woodblock print, hosoban diptych. The kabuki actors Matsumoto Koshiro IV (right sheet) possibly as the sumo wrestler Sekitori Katsuragawa Choemon, and Sakata Hangoro III as another unidentified wrestler, perhaps in the play ‘Haru no...

    • Object type: diptych print
    • Producer: Katsukawa Shun'ei (勝川春英) (Print artist)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Kansei Era
    • Production date: 1790
    • Production place: Edo
  • print

    Woodblock print. Sumo. Portrait of the wrestler Naritake Chugoro.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Katsukawa Shun'ei (勝川春英) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1762-1819
    • Production place: Japan
  • print

    Woodblock print. Sumo. The wrestlers Tanikaze and Taki-no-oto, the latter carrying bow.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Katsukawa Shun'ei (勝川春英) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1762-1819
    • Production place: Japan
  • print

    Woodblock print. Sumo. Popular culture. The wrestler Onogawa with tea-house girl Takashima Ohisa.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Katsukawa Shuncho (勝川春潮) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1775-1800
    • Production place: Japan
  • neck-amphora

    Pottery: black-figured neck-amphora. Designs in black (turning to red on reverse) on red panels; accessories of white and purple, faded. On the neck: (a) Two wrestlers about to engage, nude and bearded; the one on the right grasps the...

    • Object type: neck-amphora
    • Producer: The Amasis Painter (Attributed to)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Attic; Archaic Greek
    • Production date: 540BC
    • Find spot: Vulci
  • print

    Colour woodblock print. The kabuki actor Otani Oniji and Ichikawa Omezo, half kneeling as Ukiyo Tsuchihei and the wrestler Ikazuchi Tsuranosuke.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Toshusai Sharaku (東洲斎写楽 ) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1794-1795
    • Production place: Edo
  • print

    Woodblock print. Sumo wrestlers Otowayama Mine'emon and Kakehashi Hatsugoro wrestling.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Katsukawa Shuntei (勝川春亭) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1770-1820
    • Production place: Japan
  • shrine; sculpture; photographic print

    Multimedia work in its own frame, consisting primarily of an image of the Iranian wrestler and popular hero Takhti, placed inside the frame, around which is a series of objects relating to the ancient traditions of wrestling and the...

    • Object type: shrine; sculpture; photographic print
    • Producer: Khosrow Hassanzadeh (Made by)
    • Production date: 2007
  • Ada-kura ukiyo-e sugata; print

    Woodblock print. Bijinga. Love. Girl reading letter from a wrestler with, inset, open book of joruri.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Kikugawa Eizan (菊川英山) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1787-1867
    • Production place: Japan
  • Ogura Nazorae Hyakunin Isshu; print

    Woodblock print.Classical literature. Popular culture. The wrestler Inagawa Jirokichi and O-Toko,with poem by Gidosanshi-no-haha.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Gidosanshi-no-haha (Author); Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川広重) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1845
    • Production place: Japan
  • print

    Woodblock print. Portrait. Portrait of the wrestler Inazuma Raigoro of Unshu wearing rope belt of distinguished champions called yokozuna.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Utagawa Kuniyasu (歌川国安) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1794-1832
    • Production place: Japan
  • print

    Colour woodblock print, one sheet of an oban polyptych. The kabuki actor Sawamura Sojuro IV in an unknown role, grasping a sword.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Utagawa Toyokuni I (歌川豊国) (Print artist)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Bunka Era
    • Production date: 1811
    • Production place: Edo
  • print

    Woodblock print. Sumo. The wrestler Arashiyama Sutekichi.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Hachisuka Kuniaki (国明二代) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1835-1888
    • Production place: Japan
  • Clephane Horn; oliphant; horn

    Horn or oliphant; ivory; carved with bands of relief decoration running around the hollowed-out elephant tusk; from bell to mouthpiece: plain band, stiff foliage, plain band, contiguous roundels, plain band, frieze of animals and mythical...

    • Object type: oliphant; horn
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Byzantine
    • Production date: 11thC
    • Production place: Salerno
  • La parade des lutteurs; print

    The wrestlers show; bare-chested man calling out, figures behind. 1920 Woodcut, on light buff paper

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Maurice Busset (Print made by)
    • Production date: 1920
  • Tableaux, statues, bas-reliefs et camées de la galerie de Florence et du palais Pitti; Groupe antique; print

    Sculptural group, with two nude male figures wrestling; finished proof, before title. c.1792 Etching and engraving

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Pierre Gabriel Langlois (l'Aîné) (Print made by)
    • Production date: 1792
  • Mi, Matano, Kawazu 巳,俣野,河津; Buyu gogyo 武勇五行; print

    Woodblock print, chutanzakuban-e. Element: Earth. A wrestling match between Matano Goro Kagehisa and Kawazu Saburo Sukeyasu.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (Print artist); Minatoya Kohei, Kinsendo (湊屋小兵衛, 錦船堂) (Published by)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production date: 1840
    • Production place: Edo
  • Kaido soga; print; book-illustration

    Print. Sumo wrestler in palanquin. Opening from the illustrated book 'Kaido soga'. (Dated 1811, but probably a later printing). Designs. Three-tone.

    • Object type: print; book-illustration
    • Producer: Kawamura Bunpo (河村文鳳) (Print artist); Watanabe Nangaku (渡辺南岳) (Print artist)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production date: 1811
    • Production place: Japan
  • Fugyo gaso; print; book-illustration

    Print. Sumo wrestling at a shrine. Opening from the illustrated book 'Fugyo gaso'. Woodblock-printed

    • Object type: print; book-illustration
    • Producer: Cho Gessho (張月樵) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1817
    • Production place: Japan
  • Nuregami Chogoro 濡髦蝶五郎; Kuniyoshi moyo shofuda tsuketari genkin otoko 国芳もよう正札附現金男; print

    Woodblock print, oban tate-e. Nuregami Chogoro the wrestler holding a tobacco pipe; poem above.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Ibaya Kyubei (伊場屋 久兵衛) (Published by); Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (Print artist); Rosho (Author)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production date: 1845
    • Production place: Edo
  • Roshi Ensei 浪子燕青; Tsuzoku Suikoden goketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori 通俗水滸傳濠傑百八人一個; print

    Woodblock print, oban tate-e. Yan Qing armed with a thick pole covered in cloth, defeats a rival's pupil at a wrestling match. He is heavily tattooed with lion and peony motifs.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Kagaya Kichiemon (Published by); Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (Print artist)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production date: 1827-1830
    • Production place: Edo
  • No. 1 Nihonbashi 日本橋; Kisokaido rokujoku tsugi no uchi 木曾街道六十九次之内; print

    Woodblock print, oban tate-e. Nihonbashi Station. Ashikaga Yorikane (left) watches his bodyguard, the wrestler Narukami Katsunosuke (right) protect him from his attacker, Ukiyo Tohei on the Nihonbashi bridge (Inset: a daimyo procession...

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (Print artist); Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Published by)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production date: 1852
    • Production place: Edo
  • No. 59 Sekigahara 關ヶ原; Kisokaido rokujoku tsugi no uchi 木曾街道六十九次之内; print

    Woodblock print, oban tate-e. Sekigahara Station. The rival wrestlers Hanaregoma Chokichi and Nuregami Chogoro in a street-brawl amongst rubble (Inset: travellers in a mountain landscape).

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Horimino (彫みの) (Block cut by); Izutsuya Shokichi (Published by); Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (Print artist)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production date: 1852
    • Production place: Edo
  • Yugiri 夕霧; Genji kumo ukiyoe awase 源氏雲浮世絵合; print

    Woodblock print, oban tate-e. The kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as wrestler Kinugawa Tanizo struggling with two opponents. Poem inscribed above.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Iseya Ichibei (Published by); Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (Print artist)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production date: 1845-1846
    • Production place: Edo
  • Kagero 蜻蛉; Genji kumo ukiyoe awase 源氏雲浮世絵合; print

    Woodblock print, oban tate-e. The kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as the wrestler Akitsushima, seated cross-legged and holding a long scroll with a brush in his mouth. Poem inscribed above.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Iseya Ichibei (Published by); Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (Print artist)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production date: 1845-1846
    • Production place: Edo
  • Kanjin osumo dohyo-iri; triptych print

    Woodblock triptych print, oban tate-e. Ceremonial entry of wrestlers at the great wrestling match to raise funds for pious causes, showing four combatants under a pillered canopy, additional wrestlers appear at the left and right, and a...

    • Object type: triptych print
    • Producer: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (Print artist); Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Published by)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production place: Edo
  • diptych print

    Diptych: woodblock-prints from an album of 104 sheets. Asao Gakujuro as the sumo wrestler Nuregami Chogoro (right) and Arashi Kitsusaburo II as Hanaregoma Chokichi (left). Signed.

    • Object type: diptych print
    • Producer: Gigado Ashiyuki (芦幸) (Print artist); Hon'ya Seishichi (Published by)
    • Production date: 1825
    • Production place: Osaka-shi
  • Soga kyodai chichi no ada-uchi no zu 曽我兄弟父の仇討図; triptych print

    Woodblock print, triptych. Wrestler Goromaru (left) with Soga no Juro fighting Tadatsune (background left).Soga no Goro Tokimune (center) facing assailants (right),

    • Object type: triptych print
    • Producer: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1847-1852
    • Production place: Japan
  • surimono; diptych print

    Woodblock print, diptych. Surimono. Sumo wrestling match, held in the presence of Owari Dainagon in the first year of Keio [1865].

    • Object type: surimono; diptych print
    • Producer: Gyokuen 玉園 (Print artist)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Keio Era
    • Production date: 1865
    • Production place: Japan
  • print

    Hercules killing Antaeus; holding him upside down in foreground; the lion skin hanging from a branch at left; the jaw-bone, shield and club discarded on the ground. 1540 Engraving

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Hans Brosamer (Print made by)
    • Production date: 1540
  • print

    Woodblock print. Sumo. The wrestler Shaka-ga-hata dangling small girl from one finger.

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Isoda Koryusai (磯田湖龍齋) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1760-1780
    • Production place: Japan
  • triptych print

    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...

    • Object type: triptych print
    • Producer: Nishimuraya Yohachi (西村屋与八) (Published by); Katsukawa Shun'ei (勝川春英) (Print artist)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production date: 1796
    • Production place: Edo
  • Kagami-iwa Hamanosuke; triptych print

    Woodblock print, triptych. Wrestling match between Kio-no-sato Sogoro and Kagami-iwa Hamanosuke supervised by Shikimori Oni-ichiro + Gumbai + wrestler.

    • Object type: triptych print
    • Producer: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞 Toyokuni III) (Print artist)
    • Production date: 1786-1864
    • Production place: Japan
  • title-page; print

    Title-page with title written on a pedestal in central foreground; a statue of two wrestlers on the pedestal, putti with theatrical masks and medallions in foreground, a procession on the plinth of the pedestal; after Jan Goeree; title-page...

    • Object type: title-page; print
    • Producer: Pieter van der Aa (Published by); Johannes van den Avelen (Print made by); Jan Goeree (After); François Halma (Published by)
    • Production date: 1698
    • Production place: Leiden; Utrecht
  • Oba in Public; panel

    Panel; carved of wood; rectangular panel with three-dimensional carving showing musicians in upper left corner, two men wrestling in lower left corner, three people seated under umbrella and two men seated on either side of large bowl with...

    • Object type: panel
    • Producer: S E Owie (Made by)
    • Production date: 1980s
    • Production place: Benin City
  • painting

    Sketch. Warriors wrestling. Ink and red and black on paper.

    • Object type: painting
    • Producer: Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) (School of/style of)
    • Production place: Japan
  • drawing

    Drawing. Recto: sumo wrestlers; verso: warriors by shore, with ship on water. Ink on paper.

    • Object type: drawing
    • Producer: Hokushi (北紫) (Painted by)
    • Production date: 19thC(mid)
    • Production place: Japan
  • Album of Persian Costumes and Animals with Some Drawings by Kaempfer; painting; album

    Trainer watching a competition between two wrestlers; single-page painting on an album folio. To the left the wrestlers are entangled, bare chested, shaved heads, and shoeless, while the fully clothed trainer stands aside, holding a cloth...

    • Object type: painting; album
    • Producer: Jání (Made by); Engelbert Kämpfer (Connected with)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Persian
    • Production date: 1684-1685
    • Production place: Isfahan
  • drawing

    Sketch. Sumo match. Ink and colours on paper.

    • Object type: drawing
    • Producer: Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) (Painted by)
    • Production place: Japan
  • Three Comic Grotesques; painting

    One of three mounted paintings. Demons engaged in a sumo bout. Ink and colour on paper.

    • Object type: painting
    • Producer: Kawanabe Kyosai (河鍋暁斎) (Painted by)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production date: 1870s-1880s
    • Production place: Tokyo-to
  • The African Queen; print; drawing

    Wrestler with dead animal skin on shoulder; working proof. 2010 Hand-coloured etching

    • Object type: print; drawing
    • Producer: Peter Blake (Drawn by)
    • Production date: 2010
  • print; book-illustration

    Plate 55 or Plate 1 of Eleventh Part on Defending against Knife Attacks: Two men wrestling; the two men standing opposite each other, wrestler 'M' punches wrestler 'L' in the face; illustration to Nicolaes Petter's "Worstel-Konst"...

    • Object type: print; book-illustration
    • Producer: Romeyn de Hooghe (Print made by); Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge I (Published by)
    • Production date: 1674
    • Production place: Amsterdam
  • Cornish Wrestling; print

    Village scene, with two men standing on a square at centre, wrestling with their right arms, keeping their left arms behind their backs, surrounded by spectators; three men and a dog seated on the ground in foreground at left, next to a...

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Samuel Howitt (Print made by); J Wheble (Published by)
    • Production date: 1800
    • Production place: London
  • statue

    Marble head from a statue of a wrestler. It was originally crossed with straps tied under the chin, intended to hold pads to protect the ears. The straps were probably made of metal, representing the leather headgear worn by many athletes...

    • Object type: statue
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Roman
    • Production date: 2ndC
  • drawing

    Two pairs of wrestlers watched by a group of figures on the left, with two cows on the right; two mountain peaks in the distance. Watercolour over graphite.

    • Object type: drawing
    • Producer: Gabriel Lory le fils (Drawn by)
    • Production date: 1820s
  • Les Lutteurs de la vallée d'Oberhasli; Voyage dans l'Oberland; print

    Two pairs of wrestlers watched by a group of figures on the left, with two cows on the right; two mountain peaks in the distance. Aquatint with hand colouring

    • Object type: print
    • Producer: Johann Hürlimann (Print made by); Gabriel Lory le fils (After)
    • Production date: 1820s