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Tonkotsu, Daruma and pipecase Ashinaga, Japan 19th c

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1920: Item # 1123299

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Container to carry tobacco in the shape of a yawning and stretching Daruma. The body is made of kiri (Paulownia) wood, while the arms and the face, which can be removed and functions as the cover, are made of a light brown, much denser wood. ‘In front of’ Daruma (inlaid in his belly) a sceptre and an alms bowl. The two holes in the top of his head are lined with wooden rings and his fists are holding the cord. Eyes inlaid with black horn or glass. Bottom stamped with number(?). Molded resin ojime. Pipeholden in the shape of a yawning and stretching Ashinaga. Japan, Meiji period, 19th century.
Tonkotsu height: 4.5 inches (11 cm).
Slight traces of usage. Pipeholder with split in bottom. Tonkotsu basically very good condition.