Daruma is the first patriarch of Zen Buddhism and a very well-known and popular figure in Japan, who is often caricatured. Here he depicted during his nine years of wall-gazing meditation, during which his legs are said to have rotted away or been eaten by rats, explaining his slightly pained expression. His face is expressively large, with black inlaid eyes, overall an ideally rounded composition! The nyoi scepter on the top of his head is inlaid in silver. Large himotoshi, finely incised signature KOGYOKU 光玉 on the reverse.
HEIGHT 3.2 cm
Provenance: German private collection.
Condition: Good condition, the signature slightly worn and few age cracks.