[SUMO WRESTLER - ORIGINAL 1857 JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINT]. Kimenzan Tanigaro. a. k. a. Utagawa Kunisada II Toyokuni IV.
[SUMO WRESTLER - ORIGINAL 1857 JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINT]. Kimenzan Tanigaro

[SUMO WRESTLER - ORIGINAL 1857 JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINT]. Kimenzan Tanigaro

Edo (Shiba Myojin-mae), Japan: Wakasaya Yoichi, 1857. Broadsheet (364 x 245 mm). Censor seal is dated "1857 Fourth Month" (巳四). Three horizontal folds, wrinkled, edges frayed, two holes filed with japanese tissue on verso. This is an original woodblock print; NOT a reproduction! Item #3570

When Utagawa Kunisada II (i.e. Toyokuni IV) made this print, Sumo wrestler Kimenzan Tanigoro (1826-1871) was at the beginning of his illustrious career. Kimenzan Tanigoro entered sumo in February 1852 in the second highest juryo division and reached the top makuuchi division in January 1857. In this division he won 143 matches and lost only 24, recording a winning percentage of 85.6. He retired in 1870 and died the next year at the age of 45. He was the 13th sumo wrestler to reach the yokozuna rank. As of July 2021, a total of 73 sumo wrestlers have earned this rank.

Toyokuni IV made another print of this sumo wrestler, which was issued in the same year by same publisher, for which see Ukiyo-e Portal Database (National Diet Library Acc. No. NDL-1303934). We have been unable to locate another copy of this scarce image, let alone an original woodblock print.

We are grateful to Matthew Fraleigh for his translation and research.

Price: $200.00