Highly personalized and packed with symbolism, the Daruma doll borrows its shape from Bodhidharma, who is understood to have brought Zen Buddhism to China and subsequently Japan.
Legend states that Bodhidharma’s robes were red, which is why the traditional Daruma dolls are painted in bright red. Bodhidhmama spent so many years in meditation that his arms and legs withered away – this also explains the limbless shape of the Daruma.
The Daruma’s eyebrows are represented as cranes, and their moustaches by turtles; as the two animals traditionally lead long lives, the face of the Daruma is one of its more auspicious features.
Measures W0.94 x H0.98" (24 x 25mm)