Daruma, the patriarch of Zen Buddhism, is seated in a fully closed, ball-shaped position and fully wrapped up in garments, suggesting a particularly cold day during his nine years of wall-gazing and also explaining his grim expression. Daruma is holding a hossu in one hand and his eyes are inlaid in black horn. Details such as the beard and eyebrows are inked. Himotoshi through the back and behind. Signed MASAHIRO on the base, a pupil of Mitsuhiro.
HEIGHT 3.4 CM
Condition: Good condition, one tiny thin hairline on the back of the head
Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman
Literature comparison: Compare to an almost identical example illustrated in The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum Part A, Frederick Meinertzhagen (edited by George Lazarnick), page 413.