This Signed Vintage Japanese Arita-yaki Porcelain Platter of Sumo Wrestlers is about 30 years old according to the seller from Japan. It is a wonderful large plate or platter depicting sumo wrestlers in low relief. It is handmade and hand formed with tools then decorated in underglaze blue. The blue color is fine, the shape perfect. the sumo are realistic in their form and stance. While it is signed by inscription, it is impossible to make it out much less photograph it. We do not know the artist nor did the seller but most certainly Arita ware. It very much reminds me of some of the late 20th-century Nabeshima we have had, which falls under Arita ware. It is large, and would be wonderful for serving or for decorating.
It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We have noticed smells from items received recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. This one has no smells, this is a well- known and honest, quality antiques dealer's piece. We are happy to have this opportunity to share sumo depicted in the art of porcelain.
SIZE: Diameter 11.3 inches or 28.3 cm, Height 1.8 inches or 4.5 cm. Weight 1110 grams or 39.15 oz,
Sumo wrestling is a competitive full-contact wrestling sport where a rikishi wrestler attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring dohyō or into touching the ground with anything other than the soles of his feet. The characters 相撲 literally mean ‘striking one another’.
The sport originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally. It is generally considered a ‘gendai budō’ or a modern Japanese martial art, but this definition is misleading, as the sport has a history spanning many centuries. Many ancient traditions have been preserved in sumo, and even today the sport includes many ritual elements, such as the use of salt purification, from the days when sumo was used in the Shinto religion. Life as a wrestler is highly regimented, with rules regulated by the Japan Sumo Association. Most sumo wrestlers are required to live in communal sumo training stables, known in Japanese as ‘heya’, where all aspects of their daily lives—from meals to their manner of dress—are dictated by strict tradition.
Please see more about the history of Sumo wrestling on Wikipedia and its references.
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