The historical Boddhidarma, (Daruma in Japanese), was originally an Indian sage who lived sometime in the fifth or sixth century and is credited as the founding father of Zen Buddhism. One of the most popular talismans of good luck in modern Japan is the Daruma doll often portrayed as the stylized round tumble doll shape depicting Boddhidarma seated in mediation like the piece being offered.
The bell is entitled, “Iris Daruma”, from Hakone. It is a hand made clay bell in the shape of Daruma. The details carved into the clay are well executed, illustrating an iris motif on both sides, with a wood-like texturing of the overall surface. His open mouth and fierce glaring eyes and determined expression add life to the piece. However, not only the fierce expression of Daruma is well executed, but importantly, the eyes of Daruma “pop out” when you tilt the piece forward adding the impression of power to it. There is a round ceramic ball inside that is fully functional, providing a bell sound when moved. Overall, the piece is in very good condition as consistent with age. Signature is on the front of the bell and incorporated into the front of Daruma’s robe. Objects of this nature are very reminiscent of the antique Japanese Kobe toys. Dimensions: 8-0”h x 6-0”dia.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection