Netsuke, unsigned1800/1860

Bristol Museums

Bristol Museums
United Kingdom

Daruma or Bodhidharma was an Indian priest, who brought Zen Buddhism to China about 1500 years ago.
Netsuke carvers often showed Daruma meditating wearing the red robe of a high-ranking priest. In Japan, red and white Daruma dolls made of papier-mâché are symbols of persistence and good luck.


  • Title: Daruma
  • Creator: Netsuke, unsigned
  • Date Created: 1800/1860
  • Physical Dimensions: w 3.8 cm
  • Type: Netsuke
  • Rights: ©Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives
  • Medium: Boxwood, sperm whale ivory

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