Anraku - 5570

Anraku, Ōsaka school

first half 19th century
4,5x3,0x2,5 cm
安樂 (Anraku)
2005 bequest Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Inv. 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.


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