Japanese Huge Fumio Tomidokoro Hand Painting Lucky Daruma Kokeshi Doll.
Face is very much elaborated. Angry face. Made by Fumio Tomidokoro, a multi awarded kokeshi doll artist. Makers stamp at the base.
Fumio Tomidokoro1948 Born in Gunma city, Gunma prefecture
1987 Minister of Education Award
1999 Prime Minister Award
2007 Prime Minister Award
2008 Prime Minister Award
2012 Prime Minister Award
2012 Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award
2013 Prime Minister Award
Representative of Japan Creative Kokeshi Craft Association
The Daruma doll (達磨 daruma), also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional 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 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.
Kokeshi dolls originate from the Tohoku region of Northern Japan, an area well-known for its onsen (hot spring) resorts. These handmade wooden dolls are thought to date back to the early 19th century when kijiya (woodworkers), accustomed to making bowls and trays, began using their woodworking skills and lathes to make simple dolls to sell as toys and souvenirs to the onsen visitors. The dolls may originally have had a spiritual significance with the kokeshi representing a wish for a healthy child. It has also been suggested that kokeshi, with their round heads and limbless bodies probably made in an unpainted form originally, were used as massage tools by spa bathers. The name 'kokeshi' itself is thought to derive from a combination of names given to the wooden dolls in the various areas of their manufacture.
Measurements: approx 10 cm x 9 cm x 9 cm
Weight: 272 grams.
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