Tomotoshi - 5731

Tomotoshi, Edo/Tokyo school

Tomochika worshop, late 19th century
10x3,2x2,3 cm
友利 (Tomotoshi)
2005 bequest Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Inv. 5731

Netsuke depicting Daruma, an indian monk founder of Zen Buddhism (禅), often represented irreverently in Japanese tradition. Here he is standing, on a circular base, with his arms raised, his right hand holding his left wrist. This iconography refers to the moment he awakes after having remained motionless in meditation for nine years. The holes of the himotoshi are obtained horizontally in the back of the sackcloth. The signature Tomotoshi (友利) is placed under the base.
For a version of Daruma in meditation in the Lanfranchi collection, see the netsuke of Anraku

The author of this nestsuke, active at the end of the 19th century, is probably a member of the numerous Tomochika's workshop. As a confirmation to this in the Lanfranchi collection there is another netsuke with the same subject signed Tomochika.


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