Ceramic Daruma Model
This is a contemporary Japanese ceramic model of 6th Century Indian Buddhist Monk Bodhidharma (Daruma) the first patriarch of Zen Buddhism holding a calligraphy brush. His intense stare captured so well by the artist is representative of his long meditation practice of wall-gazing while in a cave in China. The lack of eyelids is an interesting anatomical feature of his face that references a very old legend. The legend says Bodhidharma had fallen asleep seven years into his nine years of wall-gazing based meditation. Becoming angry with himself he cut off his eyelids to prevent it from happening again. It is said that when his cut eyelids hit the floor of the cave and the first tea plants sprang up from them. Thereafter tea as a stimulant before meditation was used to help keep students from following asleep during their Zen meditation.
This modern ceramic model has an unreadable mark likely made by maker. The model measures 36.8 cm (14.5 inches) tall and 16.5 cm (6.5 inches) wide. Due to its size custom packing would be required for safe shipment. It was previously auctioned at Bonhams here.
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