Posted by Francis (22.214.171.124) on January 18, 2021 at 19:43:29:
In Reply to: Re: sumo contest posted by Alec W. on January 18, 2021 at 18:25:32:
Thanks to you, I just learned another writing for shima! So,it was indeed Umegatani and Wakashima names in the cartouches of Inoue's print.
However, two pairs of Umegatani and Wakashima sumos did fight in the past!
Gonshiro Wakashima and Umegatani 1 were not contemporaries.
But Kyuzaburo Wakashima and Umegatani 1 were contemporaries and they performed as Yasuji Inoue, the print artist, was still alive. Wakashima even won against Umegatani 1.
On the other hand,Gonshiro Wakashima and Umegatani 2 were contemporaries and performed later (from 1891 and 1892), after Yasuji Inoue died.
Consequently, the print describes sumo in front of the Emperor between Kyuzaburo Wakashima and Umegatani 1.
As Umegatani 1 seems to have retired in 1884, I think the 1887 date for the print maybe wrong...
Thank you so much for all your help! It was very interesting.
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