Project Description

Dark wood netsuke of Daruma, by Fuzui Tokoku (1846-1931?)

A small, very precisely carved netsuke, the back and underside unusually faceted with ittobori cuts. The patriarch sits huddled in his robe, looking skywards, toothless but for two inlaid incisors, one ear and a wrist embellished with metal rings, his hossu with a red lacquer handle, the whisk wrapping around his body behind, his rosary of ivory beads with one other of agate, another of turquoise, terminating in inlaid dark wood tassels, an ebony begging bowl on the ground beside him. The smaller himotoshi is ringed with stained marine ivory

Signed Tokoku with silver tablet inscribed bairyu. Tokyo

Width: 3.5 cm