19th century chosen matsu (Korean pine wood) netsuke of cloth doll of Daruma - founder of Zen Buddhism - enveloped in his monastic robe. According to a legend he had fallen into deep trance, and sat meditating without moving for 9 years, so his feet withered. Netsuke is skillfully carved in characteristic Hida school ittobori (one cut) style with clever use of wood color and structure to add to the charm of the piece. For similar examples see Bushell’s NETSUKE FAMILIAR AND UNFAMILIAR, p. 128. Eyes inlaid in dark horn, excellent rendition of facial expression, wonderful mellow patina. Signed SUKEYUKI on the back - he was one of the best carvers of Hida school - for information see NETSUKE & NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 1051. Height 1 3/8 inches.