A dynamic wood image of Bodhidharma (Daruma), the founder of Zen Buddhism, seated in meditation. The image is carved in one piece of wood. Signed Komei saku (Ishikawa Komei). Japan, Meiji, ca. 1880. H 19.8 cm. CONDITION: Very good.
Ishikawa Komei ( 1852-1913) was born in the Asakusa district, Tokyo. Ishikawa’s family members were shrine sculptors going back seven generations. He lost his father as a child, in 1862 he started study woodcarving with his uncle and painting with Kano Sosen for a few years, before training as an ivory carver in the workshop of netsuke master Kikugawa Masamitsu. Starting from 1876 his works were shown widely at home and at international exhibitions and world fairs, winning innumerable prizes. In 1890 he was named Teishitsu Gigeiin (Artist-Craftsman to the Imperial Household) and in 1891 he was appointed Professor in the Sculpture Department of the Tokyo School of Art. Trained as a traditional craftsman who could carved in wood and ivory, Ishikawa Komei created award-winning sculptures throughout his life.