Tôkaidô between Yoshiwara and Kambara: Iwabuchi: Woman Daruma
Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III
1786 - 1865
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.
Yoshiwara and Kambara: a female Daruma
Tôkaidô Yoshiwara Kambara kan Iwabuchi onna Daruma
Place where the work was made
colour woodblock print
35.4 x 24.6 cm
Signature & date
Signed l.c., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Toyokuni-ga [picture by Toyokuni]". Not dated.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 2 publications
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.).