Jun 26, 2014

Tanikaze Kajinosuke

Tanikaze Kajinosuke


c. mid-1780s

Katsukawa Shunshō 勝川 春章

(Japanese, 1726–1792)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 37.8 x 17.6 cm (14 7/8 x 6 15/16 in.)

Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore 1930.209



Tanikaze Kajinosuke (1750–1795) was an extraordinary champion sumo wrestler who hailed from what is now Sendai, a city in northern Japan. Even at his death from influenza at age 44, he was dominating the ring and was one of the first to be given sumo’s highest rank, yokozuna (横綱), during his lifetime. In this print, Katsukawa Shunshō showed him as he may have appeared strolling the avenue, spied by his fans.

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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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