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Artist: Katsukawa Shun'ei (勝川春英)

Print: The sumō wrestler Takaneyama Sōkichi (高根山宗吉)

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Dates: created,1790s
Dimensions: 10.0 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Shun'ei ga (春英画)
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi
(Marks 391 - seal 23-016)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Honolulu Museum of Art; Edo-Tokyo Museum;

Physical description:

Shun'ei has placed the name of this wrestler both on the print itself and onto the design of the keshō mawashi or decorative apron.

Against a pale yellow ground, the monumental design of a sumo wrestler in his checkered apron performing the ring entering the ceremonial 'stamping'. Single figure sumo prints from this early period are extremely rare.