Tanikaze and Okita


Tanikaze and Okita
Print   (Part of the set: Masterpiece Ukiyo-e Collection - Part 2)

Katsukawa Shunchō


Print is Public Domain; Photography is:   Creative Commons License


This print of sumô wrestler Tanikaze and waitress Naniwaya Okita is one of a pair by Shunchō, the other depicting wrestler Onogawa and beauty Takashima Ohisa. The small frame of Okita, a famous beauty who worked at the Naniwaya tea-house near Asakusa Temple in Edo, is emphasised in this print through the height and large face and hand of the wrestler. The print was probably originally produced around 1794.

Bokashi gradation has been carefully used on Tanikaze's chin to represent his shaved beard, and on parts of Okita's costume to mimic the fading of pigments due to prolonged exposure to sunlight seen in older prints.

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