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Carved Wood Okimono of Seated Daruma, Signed

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Carved Wood Okimono of Seated Daruma, Signed

Wonderful folk art study of a carved wooden figure of Daruma in repose, signed “Shisei” with an extensive inscription on the base. Meiji period, late 19th century. Daruma’s expressive face with piercing eyes is beautifully rendered in great depth and detail. The figure is clad in a carved hooded robe which is softly draped over both shoulders, exposing a bare chest and stomach. The carving technique is one wherein closely cut hatch marks create a texture and fluidity in the way Daruma’s robe is folded around him, particularly on the back side. This okimono was carved from a solid piece of heavily grained hardwood, and it has acquired a most pleasing patina with age. 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. This work epitomizes both the creative energy and the conceptual richness inherent in Japanese folk sculpture. Condition is excellent, with only two small worm holes in the folds of his robe. Dimensions: 5 ¾” x 3 ¼” x 3 ¾” high.

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