Kunisada: Sumo Wrestler Matsugae Kisaburo

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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada I (1786-1864)
Title: Sumo Wrestler Matsugae Kisaburo
Date: 1858

The bulk of the supersized sumo wrestler Matsugae Kisaburo completely fills the page. Although here he wears a striped kimono, a placid expression and holds a folding fan, we can somehow sense the athletic ferocity that lies beneath. This is the offstage dress of a sumo wrestler, one that is still worn today by wrestlers when navigating the modern world, although today the ceremonial two swords are certainly absent. In unusually fresh, bright and clean condition.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Exceptionally fresh and clean.
Dimensions: ôban (37.8 x 25.3 cm)
Signature: Toyokuni ga