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Sumō fans desired portraits of their favorite wrestlers. They could be portrayed fully dressed in kimono and sporting a sword, or as here, as they appeared in the ring. Massive and muscled, the sumōka stands with bulging feet spread, huge hands, protruding belly, and piled-up shoulders hiding his neck.
The Soga Brothers Cutting Down Ten [Retainers Of Kudō Suketsune] (Soga Jūban Kiri No Zu)
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864)
Untitled; Given Title: Shirabyōshi Beneath Sudare (Sudare Shita No Shirabyōshi)
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)