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161 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF DARUMA BY KOGYOKU By Kogyoku, ivory netsuke with silver inlay Japan, 19th century Daruma is the first patriarch of Zen Buddhism and a very wellknown and popular figure in Japan, who is often caricatured. Here he depicted during his nine years of wall-gazing meditation, during which his legs are said to have rotted away or been eaten by rats, explaining his slightly pained expression. His face is expressively large, with black inlaid eyes, overall an ideally rounded composition! The nyoi scepter on the top of his head is inlaid in silver. Large himotoshi, finely incised signature KOGYOKU 光玉 on the reverse. HEIGHT 3.2 cm Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Good condition, the signature slightly worn and few age cracks. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

162 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF DARUMA Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke of Daruma, the patriarch of Zen Buddhism, completely wrapped up in clothing, as he had to endure many cold nights during his nine years of wall-gazing. A compact, well-rounded composition. His garments are decorated, eyes inlaid in dark horn and himotoshi on the underside. HEIGHT 3.7 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good condition, the ivory worn and with a good patina. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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