The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.

Antique Japanese Ishigami Daruma Root-wood Image

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Okimono: Pre 1920: Item # 1395672

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A superb wrinkled root-ball wrapped around a stone known in Japanese as Ishigami (biting stone) in the shape of the Daruma, legendary founder of Zem Buddhism. These natural objects are highly prized, expressing a sense of the accidental and the power of nature in the face of man’s vain attempts at control. This one is rather large, at 18 x 15 x 16.5 cm (7 x 5-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches). Ishigami are also called Ishikui (eating Stone) or Ishidake (holding stone).