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Large Vintage Okimono Wood Carving of Daruma
This expressive hollow wooden figure of Daruma was carved from richly grained wood, likely keyaki (zelkova). Dating to the mid-to-late 20th century, it was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, Japan near the foot of Mt. Fuji. With his piercing eyes, which are beautifully rendered in great depth and detail, Daruma’s forceful face shows sheer determination and strong will. The simple suggestion of his robe has been deeply carved around his face. The bottom of the figure tapers, and the base is covered with green felt.

Daruma, the monk who brought Zen Buddhism to Japan, has become a familiar and beloved figure with an important place in religion, art and folk culture. In Japanese folklore, he is widely seen as a symbol of good fortune and success through perseverance. Since there are excellent woods among Japan’s natural resources, woodcarving as a Buddhist art has had a long and significant history in that country. This carving epitomizes both the creative energy and the conceptual richness inherent in Japanese folk sculpture.

CONDITION is excellent, with only normal wear consistent with age and usage. Very nice patina. There are a couple of tiny spots where gold lacquer was applied.

DIMENSIONS: 8 ¼” (21 cm) high, 6” (15.3 cm) widest diameter.



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