Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Sumō wrestler Hiraishi (平石) from the series Sumō hanei tamari iri no zu (相撲繁栄り入の図) - Nishi no kata (西ノ方)

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Dates: 1852,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Kōchōrō Toyokuni ga
Publisher: Hayashiya Shōgorō
(Marks 106 - similar to seal 22-049)
Censor seals: Hama and Magome
Carver: Hori Take (彫竹)

Related links: Waseda University; Kunisada.de;

Physical description:

Hiraishi (平石) attained the highest rank, the maku-uchi, in 1852. He used this name from 1850-54 and retired in 1858.

This print from the Lyon Collection is only one from a series of indeterminate size by Kunisada. Several other examples are in the collection of the National Diet Library, Tokyo. They are brilliant in their variant representations of great contemporary wrestlers.

Here are several other examples from this series (National Diet Library collection, Japan):