Yoshimoto Nisai - Daruma netsuke

Tokyo/Kyoto, circa 1915

A windswept Daruma stands with his arms tucked into his robes, his mouth sternly down-turned as he casts he eyes skywards. His lugubrious demeanour provokes a feeling of humour rather than solemnity. The robe is lacquered red, with traces of gold on the earrings and eyes, the pupils of the latter inlaid in metal.

Signed: Nisai to
Height: 6.2cm

Signature Yoshimoto Nisai