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Title

Tôkaidô between Yoshiwara and Kambara: Iwabuchi: Woman Daruma

1852


Artist

Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III

Japan

1786 - 1865


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Yoshiwara and Kambara: a female Daruma


Alternative title

Tôkaidô Yoshiwara Kambara kan Iwabuchi onna Daruma


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

211.1995


Artist information

Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III

Works in the collection

49


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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.).