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Daruma by Shido Shozan

$295.00

This pair of Daruma by Shido Shozan (1932-1995) are very collectable kokeshi. Daruma are rich in symbolism in Japanese culture and Shido Shozan has drawn on this to create these kokeshi. The small one is 11cm tall with Shido Shozan signature and the larger is 24cm. The detail of the face and features of these kokeshi are hand painted with lots of detail not like the simple hollow dolls sold at temples.

A Daruma is a hollow round traditional Japanese doll modelled after Bodhidharma the founder of Zen Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man vary greatly in colour and design depending on region and artist. The Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement.

Shido Shozan used the natural wood grain to bring out the delicate, intricate and beautiful designs he created to life. The wood tones, shapes and simple features have won over collectors hearts over the world. His kokeshi are highly sort after and fetch a high price.

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