Antique Japanese Taisho Period, Carved Wooden Daruma Doll - With stick out eyes. The antique Japanese Daruma doll is a lovely piece of Japanese history, with eyes that move in an out.
The piece stands approximately 10cm high, 7.5cm wide (at the widest point) and weighs 235g. The Daruma doll is beautifully carved but is showing signs of age with a recent hairline crack to the left hand side that has just appeared (see photo's).
The invention of the Daruma doll, the traditional lucky-charm, was attributed to Takasakis Shorinzan Daruma-ji temple in the 17th century. Its typical round shape, without legs or arms, originates from the legends associated to Daruma, his limbs atrophied after an uninterrupted meditation of nine years facing a wall. It is said his eyes are protruding because he cut his eyelids himself over frustration as he fell asleep during this period and for it does not happen again. The item "Rare Antique Japanese Taisho Period, Wooden Daruma Doll With stick out eyes" is in sale since Monday, March 8, 2021.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Japanese\Other Japanese". The seller is "the-eclectic-antiques" and is located in Hessle. This item can be shipped worldwide.