Anraku - 5570
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.