Handpainted Wooden Daruma
Our older customers may remember this wooden, kokeshi rendition daruma. Well, we brought him back. Kokeshi dolls are made by turning wood on a lathe and have a rich history across the many regions of Japan. Furthermore, the Japanese daruma is an object representing the Dharma or Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism.
According to Wikipedia, "Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th/6th century AD. Legend claims that he sat facing a wall in meditation for a period of nine years without moving, which caused his legs and arms to fall off from atrophy" ...hence the limbless representation in the doll.
Daruma are considered good gifts for encouraging someone undertaking an arduous task.
Stands approximately 4.8" high.