Antique Bizen Statue of Bodhidharma
This is an antique bizen statue of Bodhidharma with graceful age and atmosphere.
Bodhidharma was a 6th Century Indian sage, a blue eyed Brahmin who arrived China in A.D. 526, and later brought Zen Buddhism to Japan where he is known as Daruma. In traditional Japanese buddhist artwork, Daruma is usually depicted as a pious, stern-faced monk clad in red robes.
This particular bizen Daruma okimono is seated—his hands in hidden mudra, with a sober and intense expression on his face. A traditional depiction and a noble presence. The passing of time has enhanced the statue with a wonderful ambiance. In good condition with a few areas of loss, as seen in the photographs.
Early to mid 1900s
Dimensions: height 9.5" (24.3cm); width 6.5" (16.5cm)