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Sumo and the Woodblock Print Masters

Bickford, Lawrence ; with a foreword by Jack Hillier

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ISBN 10: 4770017529 / ISBN 13: 9784770017529
Published by Kodansha International, Tokyo, New York, London, 1994
Condition: Fine Condition Hardcover
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160 pages, with 67 full color illustrations that precede the text that is accompanied by at least that many more black and white images of woodblock prints. Hardcover volume, bound in black cloth covered boards with red stamping to the spine, wrapped in illustrated paper dustjacket. Binding and dustjacket are both in crisp, virtually new condition, with the dustjacket now protected by a Mylar sleeve. Extensive text in English details not only the history of the Japanese woodblock print and the revered Sumo wrestlers who are depicted, but also the techniques and processes used. Good endnotes, glossary, and index. Bookseller Inventory # 012228

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Title: Sumo and the Woodblock Print Masters

Publisher: Kodansha International, Tokyo, New York, London

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Fine Condition

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine Condition

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A full-scale appreciation of the fascinating genre of Japanese woodblock prints devoted to traditional sumo wrestling, focusing particularly on the lives and techniques of individual woodblock print masters of the Edo period. While emphasizing the history and creation of the woodblock prints, Bickford also provides informed background on the sport. Lavishly illustrated in b&w, with over 40 pages of superb color illustrations. 9x12" Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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The spectacle of sumo wrestling presented Japan's woodblock print masters with a challenge: how to set down lightning-fast action in a static medium. The wrestlers' nearly naked bodies also posed problems, and artists were expected to make the faces of both contestants equally visible. The result, as shown in this scholarly yet lively study, was an art of novel design, audacious perspectives and technical virtuosity. Printmakers recorded the rituals preceding matches, ring-entering ceremonies and audiences' preoccupation with food and betting, wrestlers' diversions in teahouses or among courtesans and the shrines and temples that accommodated tournaments. Bickford, a collector of sumo prints, uses 75 color plates and some 125 black-and-white illustrations to provide a sociological commentary on 18th- and 19th-century Japan.
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