Anraku - 5570

Titolo: 
Daruma
Numero di Inventario: 
5570
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Parole chiave soggetto: 
Daruma
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Anraku, Ōsaka school
Periodo: 
1800
Datazione specifica: 
first half 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
安樂 (Anraku)
Materia e Tecnica: 
wood
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

This wooden netsuke depicts Daruma, an Indian monk founder of Zen Buddhism. The character is missing arms and legs; the eyes, the teeth, the earrings and the rim of the smaller hole of the himotoshi, situated on the back, are all in ivory; the pupils of the eys are inlays in wood of a darker shade. It is a playful iconography of this deity that refers to the loss of his arms and legs after a nine year meditation period he spent in complete immobility.
The signature Anraku (安樂) is located on an oval protruding reserve.
A later interpretation of the character of Daruma made by Tomochika in the second half of 19th century, is present in the Lanfranchi collection.

Shukosai Anraku was a renouned artist, active in Ōsaka in the first half of the 19th century, that worked mainly with ivory. Another netsuke made by him is part of the Lanfranchi collection.

G.R.