Yoshitoshi Utagawa, Sumo and Firemen Fighting

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Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Myojin Sumo Wrestling Competition
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Date: 1886
Size: (L) 24.7 x 35.3 (R) 24.9 x 35.3 cm
Condition: Minor creases and red pigment. Horizontal centrefold.

During a sumo tournament in 1805, a group of rowdy firefighters showed up and began to provoke the sumo wrestlers. The confrontation ended in a massive brawl leaving one fireman killed and nearly a hundred men wounded. Subject of the fireman’s tattoo in this print is the peony, with its crimson red colour that symbolises defiance. As the peony is one of the figures of the popular card game hana-fuda, it is associated with guts, rackishness and virility.

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Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Myojin Sumo Wrestling Competition
Subject Samurai & Male
Condition Report Minor creases and red pigment. Horizontal centrefold.
Dimensions (L) 24.7 x 35.3 (R) 24.9 x 35.3 cm