A large and finely patinated two-color bronze of the awakening Daruma, stretching his arms and yawning. His eyes are inlaid in gold and bronze and details such as beard, teeth or eyebrows are masterfully incised. The massive stand has been carved of limestone to imitate a craggy rock. The material has beautifully patinated to a rusty copper tone. It is quite possible that this is the original stand! Decisively attributed to Miyao Eisuke of Yokohama.
HEIGHT 30.8 cm (including limestone stand)
WEIGHT 3.5 kilograms (the statue including the limestone stand)
Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear and traces of use. The limestone stand with some wear and minuscule losses. Daruma may have once held something in his proper right hand (probably a hossu), which is now missing.
Provenance: From an English collector.
If it weren’t for the missing signature, this author would swear that this work is from the own hand of Miyao Eisuke, no less, as the quality of the workmanship simply does not permit any other conclusion.