The Daruma dolls, also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on the region and artist. Though considered an omocha, meaning toy, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement. The doll has also been commercialized by many Buddhist temples to use alongside goal setting.
Note: This is a 3D model I made, painted and rendered with modo, using a real version of this doll bought in a Temple in Akasaka, Tokyo, as a reference.
I wanted to share this for thanksgiving but got a bit late with it. Happy Thanksgiving!
The Kanji in the front of this doll means happiness, good luck or good fortune, hence I wish good luck and happiness to all of you!!!
San Francisco, Panama. November 27th, 2009
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