Great Sumô Wrestlers of Japan (Nihon ôzumô sekitori)

「日本大相撲関取」

Japanese
Edo period
1845 (Kôka 2)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kogaya Katsugorô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bickford, Sumo and the Woodblock Print Masters (1994), pl. 49; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), pl. 30

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 75.6 cm (14 1/2 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.39541a-c

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Wrestlers include Matanogorô and Kawazu, Maruyama Gontazaemon, Tanikaze Kajinosuke, Onogawa Kisaburô, Kimenzan Tanigorô

Signed

Kunisada aratame Nidai Toyokuni ga (right sheet), Toyokuni ga (center sheet), Nidai Toyokuni ga (left sheet)

国貞改二代豊国画 豊国画 二代豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: Watari
No blockcutter's mark

改印:渡
彫師:なし

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection