Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

Daruma nesting dolls
  • Japan
  • Daruma nesting dolls, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: .01.a,b) 5.5 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: .01.a,b) 2 3/16 x 1 9/16 in
    Object Height/Diameter: .05) 1 x 0.8 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: .05) 3/8 x 5/16 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0156.01-5
Multimedia
Description
Exhibitions

This is a set of nesting dolls identified as Daruma, a 5th century Indian Buddhist monk who brought Zen Buddhism to China.

The largest doll (2007.0156.01.a,b) is red with a light colored face, prominent black eyebrows, light blue eyes with large black pupils, with a square black beard and frowning mouth.

The next largest doll (2007.0156.02.a,b) is a light natural wood color with prominent black eyebrows, large black pupils, square black beard and frowning red mouth.

The medium doll (2007.0156.03.a,b) is red with a light natural wood colored face. It has prominent black eyebrows, frown lines and no mouth or beard.

The second smallest doll (2007.0156.04.a,b) is a light natural wood color with large black pupils. The rest of the face is more stylized than the faces of the others.

The smallest doll (2007.0156) is one piece, painted red with two black dots for eyes.