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Daruma (161)

Figure of Bodhidharma
Wooden root
Edo period, 19th century
H.: 32.5 cm

Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th-6th century and is traditionally credited with being the transmitter of Zen (Chan) to China. Since the Zen sect arrived in Japan in the 13th century, Bodhidharma was translated into “Daruma” and became a popular motif for scrolls and statues. This piece was made from a natural root, making full use of its natural shape to render Daruma’s robe.

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