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.
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Antique Root-wood Ishigami Daruma Sculpture

Antique Root-wood Ishigami Daruma Sculpture


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Okimono: Pre 1920: Item # 1425627

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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 $550.00 
A wrinkled root-ball wrapped around a stone known in Japanese as Ishigami (biting stone) in the shape of the Daruma, legendary founder of Zen 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 4 x 5 x 6 inches (10 x 12 x 15.5 cm) and in excellent condition. Ishigami are literati objects prized by Bunjin scholars; also called Ishikui (eating Stone) or Ishidake (holding stone).
The Daruma (officially Bodhidharma) was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century. He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Chan Buddhism to China, and regarded as its first Chinese patriarch.