According to Buddhist myth, Bodhidharma was a 6th century Indian sage credited with being the founder of the Zen school of Buddhism. Upon meditating in a cave for several years, his limbs shriveled up and his eyelids were cut off. His image is now represented in a black daruma doll, which is a popular lucky symbol and token of encouragement in Japan.
Many daruma dolls are also roly-poly toys in Japan that come back upright after being knocked down. Crafted from paper mache and beautifully painted with vivid brushstrokes, this black daruma doll features a round body, bushy eye brows and moustache.
Perfect as a gift to those with a goal in mind, this black daruma doll is sold without pupils. Eventually, each pupil is painted in when its possessor's wish--such as a profitable year or a victorious election--is voiced and granted. With black known to protect against evil, this black Daruma doll, with its slightly bumpy surface, makes a fierce, symbolic protector. Made in Japan.
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