An image of Tôkaidô between Yoshiwara and Kambara: Iwabuchi: Woman Daruma

Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III

(Japan 1786 – 1865)

Tôkaidô between Yoshiwara and Kambara: Iwabuchi: Woman Daruma

Other titles:
Yoshiwara and Kambara: a female Daruma
Location
Not on display
Further information

Kunisada (Toyokuni III) was a prolific artist of the late 'ukiyo-e' school. Bodhidharma, or Daruma in Japanese, was the legendary founder of Zen Buddhism, easily recognised by the characteristic red robe that covered his body and head. In the deliciously irreverent and witty style of 'ukiyo' culture, images of courtesans dressed as Daruma appeared, drawing parallels between the austerities Bodhidharma endured during the nine years he meditated in front of a wall to obtain Enlightenment, and the trials of a courtesan who was contracted to a brothel for ten years.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.254.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
1852
Media
Print
Medium
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
35.4 x 24.6 cm
Signature & date

Signed l.c., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Toyokuni-ga [picture by Toyokuni]".
Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1995
Accession number
211.1995