Three Sumo Wrestlers, 1820s - 1850s

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Since all the poems included in this print refer to things associated with autumn, it must have commemorated a sumo match held that season. The large wrestler is getting dressed in a red and white ceremonial apron, which is worn for a ritual performed by ranking wrestlers before the day's bouts begin. Another wrestler of lower rank helps him secure the apron. Wrestlers are ranked by their achievements in a tournament and could lose their rank if they underperform.

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Title
Three Sumo Wrestlers
Artist Life
1796 - 1871
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.77.27.144
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