Japanese Kozuka motif of Daruma meditating in cave.
98mm x 14mm
Bodhidharma (known as Daruma in Japan) was an Indian sage who lived sometime in the fifth or sixth century AD. He is commonly considered the founder of Zen Buddhism, He is said to have meditated in a cave at the at a temple for nine years.
Zen rose to prominence in Japan in the 13th century, after receiving support from the ruling Kamakura Shogunate. In this sect of Buddhism, images of patriarchs were especially revered because the relationships between masters and disciples are of primary importance to the transmission of Zen teachings. Zen’s founder Daruma is said to have originally came from southern India.