Japanese Carved Wood Buddha
Daruma, Zen Patriach
Origin: Japan. Circa: late 19th century
H 16.5 in.(42cm), W 7 in.(18cm), D 4 in.(10cm)
Condition : minor age cracks, o.a. very good!
spirited wood carving of the Japanese Zen Patriarch Daruma, the 6th Century Indian
sage Bodhidharma, the blue eyed Brahmin who arrived China in A.D. 526. He is regarded
as the chief of the Six Patriarchs of Buddhism. He teaches that perfection must
be sought inward through meditation rather than outward observances. It is said
that after first nine years of prolonged meditation, Bodhidharma cuts off his
eyelids and threw them on the ground where they flowered into the first green
tea plants. Here in this representation of Bodhidharma, with the glass-eyes inlaids
he looks out intensely in a wide stare. In honor of Daruma, to this day an early
form of the tea ceremony is carried out in Zen monasteries in Japan.
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