Daruma Netsuke with Pop-Out Eyes
Ivory Netsuke of Daruma by Hiroyuki (1868-1912), a late 19th/c artist. Its bulging eyes inset so that they pop out and retract. The ivory is decorated with painted motifs in gold and green. Daruma, the monk who brought Zen Buddhism to Japan, has become a familiar and beloved figure with an important place in religion, art and folk culture. In Japanese folklore, he is widely seen as a symbol of good fortune and success through perseverance. Overall condition is good considering the nature of its usage. There is some staining; however, this does not detract from the folk art value of this heavy unusual sculpture. Signed on the back with the standard holes (Himotoshi) to attach to the Inro. Dimensions: 1 ¼”w x 1”d x 1 ½”h (3.2cm x 2.5 x 3.8cm)
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