Friday, October 19, 2018

Hokusai's Wrestlers

Hokusai's sketches of Sumo wrestlers are full of life and action. They date from the early 19th century and were created as block prints, part of a large collection of informal drawings known as Hokusai Manga.
Hokusai Manga on Amazon
Previous post: Magicians from the Hokusai Manga
Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760 – 1849) on Wikipedia

1 comment:

Ernest Friedman-Hill said...

So one thing that’s very interesting here is that they imply there has been an arms race of sorts. These wrestlers are nowhere near as huge as modern ones. These are delightful drawings in their own right, but they are also an effective historical record.