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- Kuramae Kokugi-kan (The Kuramae Sumo Arena)

Junichiro Sekino


The stunning and rare woodblock print "Kuramae Kokugi-kan" (The Kuramae Sumo Arena) is by Junichiro Sekino. From Oku no hosomichi series. Kuramae Kokugi-kan was built by the Japan Sumo Association in Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo. Even though it is a heavy snowy day, many audiences and sumo wrestlers are around there. This print captured the lively scene in those days very well.  Artist's red seal "Seki" on the lower right corner of the image. Dated "1985", Hand-signed "Jun Sekino", sheet number "46/128", and the watermark "Jun Sekino" on the bottom margin. 

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 21 and 1/4 by 16 and 1/2 inches (54 x 42 cm)
Image size: 17 and 3/4 by 13 and 1/8 inches (45 x 33.5 cm)
Sheet number: 46/128
Date: 1985
Signed: Hand-signed "Jun Sekino" on the bottom margin. 
Condition: Very good condition overall. Once taped and paper scuff (light paper thinning), and tape residues on the edge of verso as shown.


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