He started off as the founder of Zen Buddhism 1,500 years ago but when he came to Japan, Bodhidharma (or Daruma in Japanese) became a roly-poly doll and a symbol for always standing up when life's adversities have knocked you down. Nowadays, you can find Daruma in all sizes but the problem is that, being made of papier-mâché, a Daruma doll is unlikely to stand the test of time. If you're looking for one to stay with you for decades and become a family heirloom, your best bet is the stylishly modern Daruma Stone!
It has "stone" in its name but the Daruma Stone is actually made of concrete – by hand, so it's invested with as much craftsmanship as you will find in a regular Daruma. It comes in gray or white and its dimensions are about 90 x 70 mm (3.5 x 2.8"), meaning you shouldn't have any trouble finding the right spot for it. The Daruma even comes with its own acrylic base for better stability. Even if you are not a Buddhist, you can always use it as a good fortune talisman or just as a contemporary artistic take on a folk classic!
Specs and Features:
- Colors: gray, white
- Dimensions: approx. 90 x 70 mm (3.5 x 2.8")
- Weight: approx. 555 g (1.2 lbs)
- Material: concrete
- Comes with acrylic base and paulownia wood box
- Handmade in Japan