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Netsuke. Hossu (fly switch) with a small Daruma doll. Made of ivory.
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Length: 5 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Small Daruma doll on a fly-swich (hossu)
A hossu is a Buddisht implement made from bundled cow, horse or yak hair, or occasionally hemp, with an attached wooden handle.
(Label copy, 2017)
Bodhidharma (Japanese Daruma) is the Indian reputed to have brought Zen to China. During a nine-year-long meditation his legs rotted away and he cut off his eyelids to avoid falling asleep. This accounts for the staring eyes and the heavy legless base of this figure represented as a toy, for here too secularisation has taken over and the Daruma doll is a universal mascot. He sits on a priest's flyswitch.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2013 - , BM Japanese Galleries, ‘Japan from Prehistory to the Present’
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