(Japan 1786 – 1865)
Tôkaidô between Yoshiwara and Kambara: Iwabuchi: Woman Daruma
- Other titles:
- Yoshiwara and Kambara: a female Daruma
- 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: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
- woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
- 35.4 x 24.6 cm
- Signature & date
Signed l.c., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Toyokuni-ga [picture by Toyokuni]".
- Purchased 1995
- Accession number