Re: Help identifying this surinomo?

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Posted by Woody Blockhead ( on January 08, 2022 at 13:24:01:

In Reply to: Help identifying this surinomo? posted by DavidK on January 01, 2022 at 17:26:42:

I believe that this work is an example of the type-C Meiji reproduction surimono listed in Keyes' invaluable list as "110 Keigyoku: Kannon seated in a flowing robe." The red seals read "Kei" (kei/tama) and "gyoku" (kyoku/asahi).

However, it's worth pointing out that this figure is NOT Kannon, but rather an "onna daruma" (female Bodhidharma). It's easy to see the reasons for Keyes' identification of the figure as Kannon, as Kannon is the only major Buddhist figure with female features. But the red robe and rounded form point to Daruma, and the clincher is in the poem, which focuses on the nine years that Daruma spent sitting in meditation (which is made parallel to the length of a courtesan's contractual obligation.)

There's quite a bit about the "onna daruma" theme online if you wish to explore this irreverent and playful motif further.

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