Posted by: softypapa | February 21, 2008

Japan Daruma Shikishi Art Zen Bodhidarma Sumi-e Nihonga

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Antique Japanese ink and wash painting featuring the image of the Zen Buddhist monk Daruma.  This form of painting is also sometimes called simply ‘wash’ painting and in Japanese is called sumi-e or suibokuga painting.  Using only brush-applied black ink on paper this type of painting was introduced into Japan in the 14th century by Zen Buddhist monks visiting from China.  This type of art is especially well suited to Japanese tastes which tend toward subtle depictions of life and nature often accented with poetry written in beautiful calligraphy.

About the Listed Item

This original Japanese painting (nihonga) dates from the mid to late Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) and was done on a rectangular sheet of stiff Japanese shikishi paper with gold trim at the edges.  The art features a stylized profile of the famous Buddhist monk Daruma, a wandering Indian priest who is credited as the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism.  This nihonga painting is in poor to fair condition with marks and stains and is a wonderful candidate for framing and display.  Please read below to learn more about Daruma.

Size:
Height: 10.5 inches (27.0 centimeters)
Width: 9.4 inches (24.0 centimeters)

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More about Daruma

“Life falls down seven times, yet gets up eight…”  This popular Japanese proverb is commonly associated with the Indian Buddhist sage DarumaDaruma is the more familiar name of the historical Buddhist monk Bodhidarma, who lived sometime during the fifth or sixth century AD.  Daruma is credited with the founding of the Zen sect of Buddhism, which he is reputed to have introduced into China during his travels there.  Some of the legends surrounding this figure include tales that he achieved enlightenment or satori only after meditating in a cave for seven years without blinking or moving his eyes.  Another story tells that his enlightenment occurred within a temple in China where he spent his seven years sitting in a room staring at a wall.  Apparently at some point during his long meditation Daruma became so overcome with fatigue that he cut off his eyelids in anger and tossed them to the ground.  These are reputed to have then sprouted into China’s first green tea plants!  It is said that Daruma’s long meditation caused his arms and legs to wither and fall off, leaving him as an armless, legless and eyelidless (yet enlightened) Bodhidarma…  The Japanese love this story and admire Daruma for his spirit and determination, and each new year many Japanese will buy a paper-mache Daruma tumbler doll in order to enlist its services in helping them persevere towards their own goals or achievements.  The dolls are sold with unpainted eyes, allowing the new owner to paint in one eye to symbolize the start of a new goal or venture.  The doll is then placed in a prominent place within the home or at work in order to remind the owner to keep after their aim.  Japanese students especially utilize Daruma to motivate them with their studies; placing a one-eyed Daruma before them on their desk as motivation to work hard and make the grade.  Only after the goal is achieved will the owner then paint in the second eye, symbolizing a realized goal.  Daruma dolls which have completed their jobs as perseverance role models are normally then brought to a temple to be burned during special ceremonies set aside for this purpose.  The last images below are various representations of Daruma found at a Zen temple near our home in Japan.

item code: R3S1B1-0004094
category code: nihonga
ship code: shikishihako

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Posted by: softypapa | February 21, 2008

Japan Daruma Shikishi Art Zen Bodhidarma Sumi-e Nihonga

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Vintage Japanese ink and wash painting featuring the image of the Zen Buddhist monk Daruma.  This form of painting is also sometimes called simply ‘wash’ painting and in Japanese is called sumi-e or suibokuga painting.  Using only brush-applied black ink on paper this type of painting was introduced into Japan in the 14th century by Zen Buddhist monks visiting from China.  This type of art is especially well suited to Japanese tastes which tend toward subtle depictions of life and nature often accented with poetry written in beautiful calligraphy.

About the Listed Item

This original Japanese painting (nihonga) is less than 40 years old and was done on a rectangular sheet of stiff Japanese shikishi paper with gold trim at the edges.  The art features a stylized profile of the famous Buddhist monk Daruma, a wandering Indian priest who is credited as the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism.  This nihonga painting is in fair condition with marks, stains and creases and is a wonderful candidate for framing and display.  Please read below to learn more about Daruma.

Size:
Height: 10.5 inches (27.0 centimeters)
Width: 9.4 inches (24.0 centimeters)

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More about Daruma

“Life falls down seven times, yet gets up eight…”  This popular Japanese proverb is commonly associated with the Indian Buddhist sage DarumaDaruma is the more familiar name of the historical Buddhist monk Bodhidarma, who lived sometime during the fifth or sixth century AD.  Daruma is credited with the founding of the Zen sect of Buddhism, which he is reputed to have introduced into China during his travels there.  Some of the legends surrounding this figure include tales that he achieved enlightenment or satori only after meditating in a cave for seven years without blinking or moving his eyes.  Another story tells that his enlightenment occurred within a temple in China where he spent his seven years sitting in a room staring at a wall.  Apparently at some point during his long meditation Daruma became so overcome with fatigue that he cut off his eyelids in anger and tossed them to the ground.  These are reputed to have then sprouted into China’s first green tea plants!  It is said that Daruma’s long meditation caused his arms and legs to wither and fall off, leaving him as an armless, legless and eyelidless (yet enlightened) Bodhidarma…  The Japanese love this story and admire Daruma for his spirit and determination, and each new year many Japanese will buy a paper-mache Daruma tumbler doll in order to enlist its services in helping them persevere towards their own goals or achievements.  The dolls are sold with unpainted eyes, allowing the new owner to paint in one eye to symbolize the start of a new goal or venture.  The doll is then placed in a prominent place within the home or at work in order to remind the owner to keep after their aim.  Japanese students especially utilize Daruma to motivate them with their studies; placing a one-eyed Daruma before them on their desk as motivation to work hard and make the grade.  Only after the goal is achieved will the owner then paint in the second eye, symbolizing a realized goal.  Daruma dolls which have completed their jobs as perseverance role models are normally then brought to a temple to be burned during special ceremonies set aside for this purpose.  The last images below are various representations of Daruma found at a Zen temple near our home in Japan.

item code: R3S1B1-0004093
category code: nihonga
ship code: shikishihako

Posted by: softypapa | February 21, 2008

Japan Daruma Shikishi Art Zen Bodhidarma Sumi-e Nihonga

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Antique small size Japanese ink and wash painting featuring the image of the Zen Buddhist monk Daruma.  This form of painting is also sometimes called simply ‘wash’ painting and in Japanese is called sumi-e or suibokuga painting.  Using only brush-applied black ink on paper this type of painting was introduced into Japan in the 14th century by Zen Buddhist monks visiting from China.  This type of art is especially well suited to Japanese tastes which tend toward subtle depictions of life and nature often accented with poetry written in beautiful calligraphy.

About the Listed Item

This original small size Japanese painting (nihonga) dates from the mid Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) and was done on a rectangular sheet of stiff Japanese shikishi paper with gold trim at the edges.  The art features a stylized profile of the famous Buddhist monk Daruma, a wandering Indian priest who is credited as the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism.  This nihonga painting is in poor to fair condition with marks, stains and creases and is a wonderful candidate for framing and display.  Please read below to learn more about Daruma.

Size:
Height: 8.2 inches (21.0 centimeters)
Width: 7.0 inches (18.0 centimeters)

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More about Daruma

“Life falls down seven times, yet gets up eight…”  This popular Japanese proverb is commonly associated with the Indian Buddhist sage DarumaDaruma is the more familiar name of the historical Buddhist monk Bodhidarma, who lived sometime during the fifth or sixth century AD.  Daruma is credited with the founding of the Zen sect of Buddhism, which he is reputed to have introduced into China during his travels there.  Some of the legends surrounding this figure include tales that he achieved enlightenment or satori only after meditating in a cave for seven years without blinking or moving his eyes.  Another story tells that his enlightenment occurred within a temple in China where he spent his seven years sitting in a room staring at a wall.  Apparently at some point during his long meditation Daruma became so overcome with fatigue that he cut off his eyelids in anger and tossed them to the ground.  These are reputed to have then sprouted into China’s first green tea plants!  It is said that Daruma’s long meditation caused his arms and legs to wither and fall off, leaving him as an armless, legless and eyelidless (yet enlightened) Bodhidarma…  The Japanese love this story and admire Daruma for his spirit and determination, and each new year many Japanese will buy a paper-mache Daruma tumbler doll in order to enlist its services in helping them persevere towards their own goals or achievements.  The dolls are sold with unpainted eyes, allowing the new owner to paint in one eye to symbolize the start of a new goal or venture.  The doll is then placed in a prominent place within the home or at work in order to remind the owner to keep after their aim.  Japanese students especially utilize Daruma to motivate them with their studies; placing a one-eyed Daruma before them on their desk as motivation to work hard and make the grade.  Only after the goal is achieved will the owner then paint in the second eye, symbolizing a realized goal.  Daruma dolls which have completed their jobs as perseverance role models are normally then brought to a temple to be burned during special ceremonies set aside for this purpose.  The last images below are various representations of Daruma found at a Zen temple near our home in Japan.

item code: R3S1B1-0004092
category code: nihonga
ship code: shikishihako

Posted by: softypapa | February 21, 2008

Japan Daruma Shikishi Art Zen Bodhidarma Sumi-e Nihonga

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Shikishi Japanese Art Nihonga Japan Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Antique small size Japanese ink and wash painting featuring the image of the Zen Buddhist monk Daruma.  This form of painting is also sometimes called simply ‘wash’ painting and in Japanese is called sumi-e or suibokuga painting.  Using only brush-applied black ink on paper this type of painting was introduced into Japan in the 14th century by Zen Buddhist monks visiting from China.  This type of art is especially well suited to Japanese tastes which tend toward subtle depictions of life and nature often accented with poetry written in beautiful calligraphy.

About the Listed Item

This original small size Japanese painting (nihonga) dates from the mid Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) and was done on a rectangular sheet of stiff Japanese shikishi paper with gold trim at the edges.  The art features a stylized profile of the famous Buddhist monk Daruma, a wandering Indian priest who is credited as the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism.  This nihonga painting is in poor to fair condition with marks, stains and creases and is a wonderful candidate for framing and display.  Please read below to learn more about Daruma.

Size:
Height: 8.2 inches (21.0 centimeters)
Width: 7.0 inches (18.0 centimeters)

Click here to see other Daruma items!
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More about Daruma

“Life falls down seven times, yet gets up eight…”  This popular Japanese proverb is commonly associated with the Indian Buddhist sage DarumaDaruma is the more familiar name of the historical Buddhist monk Bodhidarma, who lived sometime during the fifth or sixth century AD.  Daruma is credited with the founding of the Zen sect of Buddhism, which he is reputed to have introduced into China during his travels there.  Some of the legends surrounding this figure include tales that he achieved enlightenment or satori only after meditating in a cave for seven years without blinking or moving his eyes.  Another story tells that his enlightenment occurred within a temple in China where he spent his seven years sitting in a room staring at a wall.  Apparently at some point during his long meditation Daruma became so overcome with fatigue that he cut off his eyelids in anger and tossed them to the ground.  These are reputed to have then sprouted into China’s first green tea plants!  It is said that Daruma’s long meditation caused his arms and legs to wither and fall off, leaving him as an armless, legless and eyelidless (yet enlightened) Bodhidarma…  The Japanese love this story and admire Daruma for his spirit and determination, and each new year many Japanese will buy a paper-mache Daruma tumbler doll in order to enlist its services in helping them persevere towards their own goals or achievements.  The dolls are sold with unpainted eyes, allowing the new owner to paint in one eye to symbolize the start of a new goal or venture.  The doll is then placed in a prominent place within the home or at work in order to remind the owner to keep after their aim.  Japanese students especially utilize Daruma to motivate them with their studies; placing a one-eyed Daruma before them on their desk as motivation to work hard and make the grade.  Only after the goal is achieved will the owner then paint in the second eye, symbolizing a realized goal.  Daruma dolls which have completed their jobs as perseverance role models are normally then brought to a temple to be burned during special ceremonies set aside for this purpose.  The last images below are various representations of Daruma found at a Zen temple near our home in Japan.

item code: R3S1B1-0004091
category code: nihonga
ship code: shikishihako

Posted by: softypapa | February 7, 2008

Vintage Daruma Tumbler – Japan Zen Buddhist Bodhidarma

Vintage Daruma Tumbler Japan Zen Buddhist Bodhidarma Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Vintage Daruma Tumbler Japan Zen Buddhist Bodhidarma Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Vintage Daruma Tumbler Japan Zen Buddhist Bodhidarma Japanese Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

“Life falls down seven times, yet gets up eight…”  This popular Japanese proverb is commonly associated with the Indian Buddhist sage DarumaDaruma is the more familiar name of the historical Buddhist monk Bodhidarma, who lived sometime during the fifth or sixth century AD.  Daruma is credited with the founding of the Zen sect of Buddhism, which he is reputed to have introduced into China during his travels there.  Some of the legends surrounding this figure include tales that he achieved enlightenment or satori only after meditating in a cave for seven years without blinking or moving his eyes.  Another story tells that his enlightenment occurred within a temple in China where he spent his seven years sitting in a room staring at a wall.  Apparently at some point during his long meditation Daruma became so overcome with fatigue that he tore off his eyelids in anger and tossed them to the ground.  These are reputed to have then sprouted into China’s first green tea plants!  It is said that Daruma’s long meditation caused his arms and legs to wither and fall off, leaving him as an armless, legless and eyelidless (yet enlightened) Bodhidarma…  The Japanese love this story and admire Daruma for his spirit and determination, and each new year many Japanese will buy a paper-mache Daruma tumbler doll in order to enlist its services in helping them persevere towards their own goals.  The dolls are sold with unpainted eyes, allowing the new owner to paint in one eye to symbolize the start of a new goal or venture.  The doll is then placed in a prominent place within the home or at work in order to remind the owner to keep after their aim.  Japanese students especially utilize Daruma to motivate them with their studies; placing a one-eyed Daruma before them on their desk to remind them to work hard and make the grade.  Only after the goal is achieved will the owner then paint in the second eye, symbolizing a realized goal.  Daruma dolls which have completed their jobs as perseverance role models are normally then brought to a temple to be burned during special ceremonies reserved for this purpose.

About the Listed Item

This old Japanese Daruma figure is less than 40 years old and in good condition with some marks and scratches from handling and a darkened patina of age.  The figure includes a bell on the inside which can be heard to ring when the figure is moved.

Size:
Height: 5.3 inches (13.5 centimeters)
Weight: 2.7 ounces (76 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
Daruma items which we list are often uploaded to our Daruma Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting Daruma items.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful Daruma we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a Daruma item from us and do not want a digital copy of your Daruma displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the item images.

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More photos below!

item code: R2S2-0003881
category code: (JM)
ship code: G3

Posted by: softypapa | February 6, 2008

Large Antique Wooden Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Okimono

Large Antique Wooden Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Okimono Buddhism Tokaido Softypapa

Large Antique Wooden Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Okimono Buddhism Tokaido Softypapa

Large Antique Wooden Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Okimono Buddhism Tokaido Softypapa

Large Antique Wooden Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Okimono Buddhism Tokaido Softypapa

Large Antique Wooden Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Okimono Buddhism Tokaido Softypapa

Large Antique Wooden Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Okimono Buddhism Tokaido Softypapa

Large Antique Wooden Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Okimono Buddhism Tokaido Softypapa

Large Antique Wooden Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Okimono Buddhism Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Large antique wooden Daruma statue (okimono).  This hollow figure is in good condition though it does have some marks and scratches from handling and wears a darkened patina of age.  This Daruma figure is less than 40 years old and was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, Japan near the foot of Mt. Fuji.  Please read below to learn about the history and legend of Daruma.

Size:
Height: 8.0 inches (20.5 centimeters)
Weight: 2.2 pounds (997 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
Daruma items which we list are often uploaded to our Daruma Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting Daruma items.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful Daruma we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a Daruma item from us and do not want a digital copy of your Daruma displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the item images.

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More about Daruma

“Life falls down seven times, yet gets up eight…”  This popular Japanese proverb is commonly associated with the Indian Buddhist sage DarumaDaruma is the more familiar name of the historical Buddhist monk Bodhidarma, who lived sometime during the fifth or sixth century AD.  Daruma is credited with the founding of the Zen sect of Buddhism, which he is reputed to have introduced into China during his travels there.  Some of the legends surrounding this figure include tales that he achieved enlightenment or satori only after meditating in a cave for seven years without blinking or moving his eyes.  Another story tells that his enlightenment occurred within a temple in China where he spent his seven years sitting in a room staring at a wall.  Apparently at some point during his long meditation Daruma became so overcome with fatigue that he cut off his eyelids in anger and tossed them to the ground.  These are reputed to have then sprouted into China’s first green tea plants!  It is said that Daruma’s long meditation caused his arms and legs to wither and fall off, leaving him as an armless, legless and eyelidless (yet enlightened) Bodhidarma…  The Japanese love this story and admire Daruma for his spirit and determination, and each new year many Japanese will buy a paper-mache Daruma tumbler doll in order to enlist its services in helping them persevere towards their own goals or achievements.  The dolls are sold with unpainted eyes, allowing the new owner to paint in one eye to symbolize the start of a new goal or venture.  The doll is then placed in a prominent place within the home or at work in order to remind the owner to keep after their aim.  Japanese students especially utilize Daruma to motivate them with their studies; placing a one-eyed Daruma before them on their desk as motivation to work hard and make the grade.  Only after the goal is achieved will the owner then paint in the second eye, symbolizing a realized goal.  Daruma dolls which have completed their jobs as perseverance role models are normally then brought to a temple to be burned during special ceremonies set aside for this purpose.  The last images below are various representations of Daruma found at a Zen temple near our home in Japan.

item code: R1S2-0003871
ship code: B

Posted by: softypapa | February 6, 2008

4.7 inch Bearded Daruma – Japan Zen Buddhist Bodhidarma

Bearded Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Bodhidarma Japanese Beard Eyebrows Tokaido Softypapa

Bearded Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Bodhidarma Japanese Beard Eyebrows Tokaido Softypapa

Bearded Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Bodhidarma Japanese Beard Eyebrows Tokaido Softypapa

Bearded Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Bodhidarma Japanese Beard Eyebrows Tokaido Softypapa

Bearded Daruma Japan Zen Buddhist Bodhidarma Japanese Beard Eyebrows Tokaido Softypapa 

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Description

“Life falls down seven times, yet gets up eight…”  This popular Japanese proverb is commonly associated with the Indian Buddhist sage DarumaDaruma is the more familiar name of the historical Buddhist monk Bodhidarma, who lived sometime during the fifth or sixth century AD.  Daruma is credited with the founding of the Zen sect of Buddhism, which he is reputed to have introduced into China during his travels there.  Some of the legends surrounding this figure include tales that he achieved enlightenment or satori only after meditating in a cave for seven years without blinking or moving his eyes.  Another story tells that his enlightenment occurred within a temple in China where he spent his seven years sitting in a room staring at a wall.  Apparently at some point during his long meditation Daruma became so overcome with fatigue that he tore off his eyelids in anger and tossed them to the ground.  These are reputed to have then sprouted into China’s first green tea plants!  It is said that Daruma’s long meditation caused his arms and legs to wither and fall off, leaving him as an armless, legless and eyelidless (yet enlightened) Bodhidarma…  The Japanese love this story and admire Daruma for his spirit and determination, and each new year many Japanese will buy a paper-mache Daruma tumbler doll in order to enlist its services in helping them persevere towards their own goals.  The dolls are sold with unpainted eyes, allowing the new owner to paint in one eye to symbolize the start of a new goal or venture.  The doll is then placed in a prominent place within the home or at work in order to remind the owner to keep after their aim.  Japanese students especially utilize Daruma to motivate them with their studies; placing a one-eyed Daruma before them on their desk to remind them to work hard and make the grade.  Only after the goal is achieved will the owner then paint in the second eye, symbolizing a realized goal.  Daruma dolls which have completed their jobs as perseverance role models are normally then brought to a temple to be burned during special ceremonies reserved for this purpose.

About the Listed Item

Unique and interesting style Daruma with bushy beard, moustache and eyebrows.  This hand-crafted and painted Daruma figure was made in Shizuoka, Japan by a small Japanese family who specialize in the old style manufacture of these very unique dolls.  The figures are created in the old family workshop where each doll is formed of papier-mache on a hand-carved wooden mold before being moved to an open air courtyard to dry and harden in the sun.  The doll is then cut from the mold requiring yet another layer of wet papier-mache to seal the cut.  Once more the figure is allowed to dry before being taken into the shop to be hand-painted red and flesh tone with dark black beard and eyebrows and golden body accents.  The only area of the doll left unpainted are the eyes in order that the person who buys the Daruma may use the unpainted eyes to help them achieve some important goal.  Each doll is cleverly weighted on the bottom allowing Daruma to right himself when tipped.  In an era when many traditional Japanese crafts are, in fact, mass produced outside Japan this very special Daruma represents a increasingly rare chance to acquire an authentic piece of Japanese culture made the old fashioned way, by a small family business operating near the foot of beautiful Mt. Fuji.

Approximate size:
Height: 4.7 inches (12.0 centimeters)
Weight: 5.1 ounces (145 grams)

Note: Each of these hand-crafted dolls is unique and therefore the authentic Daruma figure you receive will differ slightly from the doll photographed for this listing.

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item code: INV-0000117_01
ship code: G3

Posted by: softypapa | January 24, 2008

Antique Daruma Buddhist Figure Japanese Zen Bodhidarma

Antique Daruma Buddhist Figure Japanese Zen Bodhidarma Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Daruma Buddhist Figure Japanese Zen Bodhidarma Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Daruma Buddhist Figure Japanese Zen Bodhidarma Japan Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

This unique and special ceramic Daruma figure is in good condition with no cracks though it does have marks and scratches from handling and age.  This Daruma figure dates from the early to mid Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) and was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, Japan near the foot of Mt. Fuji.  Please read below to learn about the history and legend of Daruma.

Size:
Height: 3.7 inches (9.5 centimeters)
Weight: 5.3 ounces (152 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
Daruma items which we list are often uploaded to our Daruma Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting Daruma items.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful Daruma we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a Daruma item from us and do not want a digital copy of your Daruma displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the item images.

Click here to see more Daruma items!
Click
here to see additional treasures from Japan!

More about Daruma

“Life falls down seven times, yet gets up eight…”  This popular Japanese proverb is commonly associated with the Indian Buddhist sage DarumaDaruma is the more familiar name of the historical Buddhist monk Bodhidarma, who lived sometime during the fifth or sixth century AD.  Daruma is credited with the founding of the Zen sect of Buddhism, which he is reputed to have introduced into China during his travels there.  Some of the legends surrounding this figure include tales that he achieved enlightenment or satori only after meditating in a cave for seven years without blinking or moving his eyes.  Another story tells that his enlightenment occurred within a temple in China where he spent his seven years sitting in a room staring at a wall.  Apparently at some point during his long meditation Daruma became so overcome with fatigue that he cut off his eyelids in anger and tossed them to the ground.  These are reputed to have then sprouted into China’s first green tea plants!  It is said that Daruma’s long meditation caused his arms and legs to wither and fall off, leaving him as an armless, legless and eyelidless (yet enlightened) Bodhidarma…  The Japanese love this story and admire Daruma for his spirit and determination, and each new year many Japanese will buy a paper-mache Daruma tumbler doll in order to enlist its services in helping them persevere towards their own goals or achievements.  The dolls are sold with unpainted eyes, allowing the new owner to paint in one eye to symbolize the start of a new goal or venture.  The doll is then placed in a prominent place within the home or at work in order to remind the owner to keep after their aim.  Japanese students especially utilize Daruma to motivate them with their studies; placing a one-eyed Daruma before them on their desk as motivation to work hard and make the grade.  Only after the goal is achieved will the owner then paint in the second eye, symbolizing a realized goal.  Daruma dolls which have completed their jobs as perseverance role models are normally then brought to a temple to be burned during special ceremonies set aside for this purpose.  The last images below are various representations of Daruma found at a Zen temple near our home in Japan.

More photos below!

item code: R1S4-0003565
ship code: L1650

Posted by: softypapa | January 4, 2008

Stone Daruma Buddhist Figure – Japanese Zen Bodhidarma

Stone Daruma Buddhist Figure Japanese Zen Bodhidarma Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Stone Daruma Buddhist Figure Japanese Zen Bodhidarma Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Stone Daruma Buddhist Figure Japanese Zen Bodhidarma Japan Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

This interesting Daruma figure is made from a solid stone painted with the image of Daruma and mounted on a wooden base.  This Daruma figure is in good condition and dates from the late Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) and was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, Japan near the foot of Mt. Fuji.  Please read below to learn about the history and legend of Daruma.

Size:
Height (including base): 3.1 inches (8.0 centimeters)
Weight: 4.8 ounces (137 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
Daruma items which we list are often uploaded to our Daruma Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting Daruma items.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful Daruma we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a Daruma item from us and do not want a digital copy of your Daruma displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the item images.

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More about Daruma

“Life falls down seven times, yet gets up eight…”  This popular Japanese proverb is commonly associated with the Indian Buddhist sage DarumaDaruma is the more familiar name of the historical Buddhist monk Bodhidarma, who lived sometime during the fifth or sixth century AD.  Daruma is credited with the founding of the Zen sect of Buddhism, which he is reputed to have introduced into China during his travels there.  Some of the legends surrounding this figure include tales that he achieved enlightenment or satori only after meditating in a cave for seven years without blinking or moving his eyes.  Another story tells that his enlightenment occurred within a temple in China where he spent his seven years sitting in a room staring at a wall.  Apparently at some point during his long meditation Daruma became so overcome with fatigue that he cut off his eyelids in anger and tossed them to the ground.  These are reputed to have then sprouted into China’s first green tea plants!  It is said that Daruma’s long meditation caused his arms and legs to wither and fall off, leaving him as an armless, legless and eyelidless (yet enlightened) Bodhidarma…  The Japanese love this story and admire Daruma for his spirit and determination, and each new year many Japanese will buy a paper-mache Daruma tumbler doll in order to enlist its services in helping them persevere towards their own goals or achievements.  The dolls are sold with unpainted eyes, allowing the new owner to paint in one eye to symbolize the start of a new goal or venture.  The doll is then placed in a prominent place within the home or at work in order to remind the owner to keep after their aim.  Japanese students especially utilize Daruma to motivate them with their studies; placing a one-eyed Daruma before them on their desk as motivation to work hard and make the grade.  Only after the goal is achieved will the owner then paint in the second eye, symbolizing a realized goal.  Daruma dolls which have completed their jobs as perseverance role models are normally then brought to a temple to be burned during special ceremonies set aside for this purpose.  The last images below are various representations of Daruma found at a Zen temple near our home in Japan.

item code: R1S5-0003401
ship code: L1650

Posted by: softypapa | January 3, 2008

Daruma Buddhist Wooden Figure – Japanese Zen Bodhidarma

Daruma Buddhist Buddhism Japanese Zen Bodhidarma Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Daruma Buddhist Buddhism Japanese Zen Bodhidarma Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Daruma Buddhist Buddhism Japanese Zen Bodhidarma Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Daruma Buddhist Buddhism Japanese Zen Bodhidarma Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Daruma Buddhist Buddhism Japanese Zen Bodhidarma Japan Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Solid wood Daruma statue.  The figure is in fair condition with marks and scratches from handling and a darkened patina from age and past display.  This Daruma figure is less than 50 years old and was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, Japan near the foot of Mt. Fuji.  Please read below to learn about the history and legend of Daruma.

Size:
Height: 5.9 inches (15.0 centimeters)
Weight: 12.6 ounces (359 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
Daruma items which we list are often uploaded to our Daruma Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting Daruma items.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful Daruma we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a Daruma item from us and do not want a digital copy of your Daruma displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the item images.

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More about Daruma

“Life falls down seven times, yet gets up eight…”  This popular Japanese proverb is commonly associated with the Indian Buddhist sage DarumaDaruma is the more familiar name of the historical Buddhist monk Bodhidarma, who lived sometime during the fifth or sixth century AD.  Daruma is credited with the founding of the Zen sect of Buddhism, which he is reputed to have introduced into China during his travels there.  Some of the legends surrounding this figure include tales that he achieved enlightenment or satori only after meditating in a cave for seven years without blinking or moving his eyes.  Another story tells that his enlightenment occurred within a temple in China where he spent his seven years sitting in a room staring at a wall.  Apparently at some point during his long meditation Daruma became so overcome with fatigue that he cut off his eyelids in anger and tossed them to the ground.  These are reputed to have then sprouted into China’s first green tea plants!  It is said that Daruma’s long meditation caused his arms and legs to wither and fall off, leaving him as an armless, legless and eyelidless (yet enlightened) Bodhidarma…  The Japanese love this story and admire Daruma for his spirit and determination, and each new year many Japanese will buy a paper-mache Daruma tumbler doll in order to enlist its services in helping them persevere towards their own goals or achievements.  The dolls are sold with unpainted eyes, allowing the new owner to paint in one eye to symbolize the start of a new goal or venture.  The doll is then placed in a prominent place within the home or at work in order to remind the owner to keep after their aim.  Japanese students especially utilize Daruma to motivate them with their studies; placing a one-eyed Daruma before them on their desk as motivation to work hard and make the grade.  Only after the goal is achieved will the owner then paint in the second eye, symbolizing a realized goal.  Daruma dolls which have completed their jobs as perseverance role models are normally then brought to a temple to be burned during special ceremonies set aside for this purpose.  The last images below are various representations of Daruma found at a Zen temple near our home in Japan.

item code: R1S4-0003379
ship code: G3

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