Nuregami Chōgorō湧髪長五郎

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864)

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Nuregami Ch?gor? was a sum? wrestler, and Oseki is the sister of his friend and former rival, Ch?kichi. The figures are dramatically placed against a background of blue and white. Ch?gor?'s fierce demeanor and powerful stance with swinging tassels on the bottom fringe of his wrestler's apron contrast starkly with the demure, contained pose of Oseki.

The foxing patterns and the worm hole indicate that the prints were stored face to face. Metallic elements in the pigment used for Oseki's robe have oxidized, creating a tarnished appearance. The strength and beauty of the composition outweigh the compromised condition of the prints, attesting to the excellence of their design and execution.

Signed Toyokuni ga within a toshidama cartouche

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864)
creation date
1854
materials
color woodblock print
dimensions
22 x 28 in.
24 ¼” x 30 ¼” (framed)
mark descriptions
Signed: Toyokuni ga [in a toshidama cartouche]
Censor's seal: circular aratame and circular date seal for Tiger 7
Engraver's mark
accession number
72.47.121
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Kate Kiser Klein
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors

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