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Sumo-e, Ukiyo-e prints of Sumo Wrestler "Momijigawa Namizo" in Ceremonial Apron

Utagawa Toyokuni1769 - 1825

Saitama Prefectual Museum of History and Folklore

Saitama Prefectual Museum of History and Folklore
Saitama City, Japan

From the Edo period through the Meiji period, ukiyoe print (called ""nishikie"") which was introduced a technique of polychrome into were popular. The nishikie print was preferred to the people of that time as a news medium and as collection picture of the actor and athlete. There were many motifs to the nishikie print, such as a Kabuki actor, a beautiful woman, the scenery. Sumoe depicts a figure and the action of the popular sumo wrestler, was popular with the then common people. The sumo wrestler drawn on this picture is Momijigawa Namizo who played an active part in the early 19th century. He was from current Konosu City, Saitama and changed name later in Somagahana Fuchiemon. The top was the east fifth maegashira.

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