Sekisai - Daruma netsuke
Awakened from his meditations, Daruma yawns widely, revealing his tongue and teeth in the cavernous mouth. He is wrapped in his kesa, which is lightly decorated with a design of a dragon in clouds. His fly-whisk (hossu) rests by his side, the long hairs forming a curl that encircles one of the himotoshi holes.
Signed: Sekisai with kao
No other work by this accomplished craftsman is recorded, though Fuld records 3 ivory works by a carver of the same name.
Isobel Sharpe collection
Mark T. Hindson collection
Davey, N.K., Netsuke, London, 1982 (revised edition), p. 303, no. 920