Kuniyoshi: Station Nihonbashi; Sumo Wrestler
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Station Nihonbashi; Sumo Wrestler
Series: Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô Road
The sumo wrester Narukami Katsunosuke protects his employer, Lord Ashikaga Yorikane, from an attack by Ukiyo Tohei. Set on Nihonbashi Bridge, the first stop on the Kisokaidô (as well as the Tôkaidô), we see a combination of sumo portrait, warrior portrait and actor portrait. Mt. Fuji is seen in the distance, and the gold coins surrounding the title cartouche reference the story.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Some trimming left side.
Publisher: Yawataya Sakujirô
Literature: See Sarah Thompson’s “The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô”, figure 1, page 18.
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga