Arashi Kichisaburō in the role of Iwagawa Jirōkichi

Utagawa Kunisada 歌川国貞 (Japanese, 1786-1864)

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嵐吉三郎 in the role of Iwagawa Jirōkichi 岩川次郎吉

A popular kabuki drama featured a match between the sumō wrestlers Jirōkichi and Tetsugadake. To help his patron raise needed funds, Jirōkichi agrees to throw the match for money. During the match a voice rings out that the money has been raised elsewhere. Now free to do so, Jirōkichi defeats Tetsugadake and preserves his honor.

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Kunisada 歌川国貞 (Japanese, 1786-1864)
creation date
1839-1842
materials
color woodblock print
accession number
72.47.97
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Kate Kiser Klein
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors

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