A wood netsuke of a sumo wrestler
Lot 2064
A large wood netsuke of a sumo wrestler Edo period (late 18th century)
Sold for US$ 40,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
A wood netsuke of a sumo wrestler
A large wood netsuke of a sumo wrestler
Edo period (late 18th century)
The wrestler shown standing adjusting his kessho mawashi with an expression of fierce determination as if he is about to step into the ring to face an opponent, his mawashi finely carved with crashing waves
4 1/2in (11.4cm) high

Footnotes

  • This powerfully carved netsuke is unusual in that it is a depiction of a wrestler standing alone. More often sumo are shown paired with an opponent in mid-bout. Woodblock printed portraits of famous Yokozuna became popular during the mid-Edo period. It is not impossible to imagine that this netsuke too is a representation of an actual wrestler.
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