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Utagawa Kuniyasu, 1830.

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This is a portrait of grand champion sumo wrestler Inazuma Raigoro (1802-1877). He possess the title of yokozuna, the highest rank in sumo. The name literally means ‘horizontal rope’ and comes from the most visible symbol of their rank, the white hemp rope (tsuna) worn around the waist. The rope, which may weigh up to 20 kilograms, is not used during the matches themselves, but is worn during the ring entrance ceremony.

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