Sosaku Kokeshi by Shibuya, Shinraku entitled: “Daruma | Bodhidharma”


Dimensions: 13-3/4”h

Shibuya is a prolific artist of Daruma dolls. His work dates from the 1960s on. On New Year’s, most Japanese individuals and corporations buy Daruma dolls and make a resolution for the New Year. The tradition began in the late seventeenth century as a relief measure for farmers who were suffering from famine. There are many different styles of Daruma, as you will see by Shibuya’s creations, but there is one philosophy that all Daruma share, and that is the pursuit of beauty and artistry through simplicity. Note the fact that the image is placed on a large amount of background, which divides the surface and balances the design with space to appreciate the image. The doll is signed and stamped on the back.

Vintage Condition: “as is” with some scattered light wear or stain that does not affect the design, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, minor flaws surface wear, or structural damage was noted.