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An image of Tôkaidô between Yoshiwara and Kambara: Iwabuchi: Woman Daruma by Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III

Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III

(Japan 1786 – 1865)

Title
Tôkaidô between Yoshiwara and Kambara: Iwabuchi: Woman Daruma
Other titles:
Yoshiwara and Kambara: a female Daruma
Alternative title:
Tôkaidô Yoshiwara Kambara kan Iwabuchi onna Daruma
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
1852
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour woodblock print
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
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.

Bibliography (2)

Gary Hickey, Beauty & desire in Edo period Japan, Parkes, 1998, 66 (colour illus.), 71. plate no. 19

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Floating World', Sydney, 2003, 254 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

The Floating World: Japan's World of transient pleasures, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 May 1994–17 Jul 1994

Beauty and Desire in Edo period Japan, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, 06 Jun 1998–09 Aug 1998