Antique Japanese Bizen Yaki Daruma Okimono In a Standing Mudra Pose | Zen Master Bodhidharma Statue

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Dimensions: 8-1/4”h

Offered is a spirited interpretation of the Zen Patriarch Daruma, standing in greetings with hands in hidden energy-flowing ‘mudra’ pose, his expression is sober and discerning in a formidable presence with stylized eyebrows, large ears, and ear hoops and undoubtedly from the hands of an able artist. This particular piece utilized a hand method while kneading clay without using a potter's wheel. This impressive Bizen-yaki, Okimono is unglazed, its ironlike hardness and gradual colors on the silken surface are the direct results of the high temperatures of the kiln. It seemed that the passing of time has enhanced this statue with an unctuous ambiance with a two-tone surface ranging from a dark chestnut brown to an earthly red color primarily focused on the front of his robe. His feet are smoothed and not wearing foot coverings because being barefoot meant keeping in touch with reality.

He is regarded as the chief of the Six Patriarchs of Buddhism. He teaches that perfection must be sought inward through meditation rather than outward observances. The piece has two impressed seals on the bottom that are unidentifiable as to the kiln or maker. The piece was purchased in Fukuoka in 1985.

Condition: Excellent condition means that the piece has minor flaws on the folds of his cloak from production and age. It retains a beautiful finish, with its original craftsmanship preserved. Museum-quality: meeting the standards of the collector of the Japanese folk art genre.