gingkoseto wrote:I've collected a few Daruma tea wares and love the image! My avatar is from one of them (the Daruma is on the other side)
Drax wrote:gingkoseto wrote:I've collected a few Daruma tea wares and love the image! My avatar is from one of them (the Daruma is on the other side)
Ha! That was great... for the briefest moment, I was like "whu...?"
I get the feeling that the Daruma is a really common item, which means it probably has a lot of "folk" versions like the one auction that I linked -- I've certainly seen many different shapes, sizes, and styles.
I'll be curious if anybody knows the answers to your questions, gingko, I'm sure there's a lot of parts of the legend/history that shows up in different ways.
I don't think I'll be picking up that particular Japan auction one, but I did win this one over on eBay. I don't believe the "130 year old" statement, but it's still the perfect size and the broken knot gives it a lot of character.
I wonder, though, it seems rare for these things to have a maker's mark...?
gingkoseto wrote:I think this looks prettier than the Japan auction one, and better price!
I didn't see a maker's mark on this one. Does it have one?
Drax wrote:The eBay one seems to be more of the 'traditional' style, while the Japan auction one is more of an abstract style.
Poohblah wrote:Yes, there are many legends about Daruma. Supposedly, once when he was meditating, he fell asleep and became so angered with himself that he cut off his eyelids and flung them to the ground. His eyelids grew into the first tea bushes.