Osaka, circa 1870


Carved from a beautiful piece of ivory, Daruma looks straight ahead with a stern frown, his hands hidden within the voluminous sleeves of his robe. He is bald apart from sparse stippled and stained stubble above his huge ears, which is detailed and extremely fine.  His eye pupils are drilled and stained, and he is signed Mitsusada on the back.


H. 4.3 cm


While inspired by the Daruma carvings of Mitsuhiro, this is an individual variant and as far as we can tell, a unique one for the artist.  Fuld lists no netsuke of Daruma by Mitsusada.


A splendid Netsuke of Daruma by Ohara Mitsusada