Print of Japanese Sumo Wrestlers
source: Wikimedia Commons
author: Gekko Ogata (1859–1920)
A late 19th century print depicts two sumo wrestlers in a match. One has thrown the other, who is shown dramatically falling to the ground headfirst. A box in the top left shows three men sitting together, and Japanese characters sit in the top right and bottom left corners of the page.
This print by Japanese artist Gekko Ogata (1859–1920) depicts two sumo wrestlers in a match. Here, one of the competitors is seen dramatically throwing each other. After a Shinto-influenced transformation of the sport in the 18th century, a movement led by sumo referee Yoshida Zenzaemon, sumo wrestling began to be appropriated into Japanese culture. The cultural influence of this sport, which was once only a lowly form of street fighting, can be seen in works of art such as this one.
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