Kuniyoshi: Sumo wrestlers competing in shows of strength
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Sumo wrestlers competing in shows of strength
Date: ca. 1845
Giyûkô shinei yû soroi”The beauty O-Seki watches on the left as thre sumo wrestlers Nuregami Chôgorô and Hanaregoma Chôkichi display their formidable strength by picking up enormous pieces of architecture (the wrestler on the right seems to hold an entire torii gate). The gathered crowd in the background is astonished. (This design is also in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum). Provenance: From the personal collection of B. W. Robinson.
Dimensions: ôban triptych
Publisher: Wasaka-ya Yoichi
Literature: Robinson (1982), #T172.
Seal: Censor’s seal of Mera
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga with his paulownia