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Daruma figure
  • Japan
  • Daruma figure, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 x 7 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 2 3/8 x 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0158

This small, roughly carved figure, is identified as Daruma, the 5th century Indian monk who brought Zen Buddhism to China. He is wearing a hooded red robe with a white rounded shape on his right side. He has no limbs and the top half of the figure is his head. He has prominent black eyebrows and facial hair and he is frowning. There are Japanese characters incised on the figure's back, proper left side. The base is covered in green felt.