Daruma is the first patriarch of Zen Buddhism, the son of an Indian king who went to China in the 6th century. He spent nine years gazing at a wall, known as Menpeki Kunen. Although he is a personification of Buddhist law, he is often parodied, not just in netsuke art. This work however shows him in a serious manner, meditating with his legs tightly crossed. The recesses in his face and especially the garment folds are strikingly colored in black, and the lightly stained wood has a very appealing patina. Himotoshi through the back.
HEIGHT 4.3 CM
Condition: Very good condition
Provenance: British private collection