$2500 SALE: $1,200
Japanese Ivory Okimono Daruma (Karate) Red Seal - We are very proud to offer a superb Japanese Okimono 2.75 inches by 1.25 inches of a daruma Bodhidharma warrior. The artist signature is in a red cinnabar plaque/seal. The very coveted and very sought after red cinnabar seal indicates he was a master carver and was probably commissioned by the Royal Family. Daruma was an Indian sage who lived in the fifth or sixth century AD. He is the undisputed founder of Zen Buddhism (Japan) and Chan Buddhism (China). In japan legend says Daruma felt men should be able to protect themselves by fighting (self-defense) using only hands and feet as weapons and was credited with founding The Marital arts, karate, Budo, & Kung Fu. These Warriors, were also, protected by Spirituality or Religion. Such persons were called Daruma Bodhidharma because they combined study of Religion with Budo/Karate, Martial Arts. Our small Ivory Okimono was carved to portray a Bodhidharma Warrior. This Ivory carving is in original and quite perfect condition. It dates Taisho (1912-1926)if not Meiji (1868-1912) The answer is in the artists signature, which we are unable to read. This is a very special, rare Ivory. It was carved to perfection. This is estate ivory that was legally imported long before the BAN in 1989, however, we cannot ship out side the USA. We are no longer able to sell Ivory to anyone in California. The state of Calif. passed a law in April 2012 banning the sale of ALL Ivory in Calif., even the antique Ivory. In the near future, I think this law will be over the entire USA.. & the World. If you want to buy Ivory You should do so while it is still "legal".