Netsuke in the form of a boy rolling a yuki daruma or snowman
A Daruma doll (達磨) is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism. They are traditionally red and depicting a bearded man (Bodhidharma), however they can differ greatly in color and design depending on the region and artist. 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.
This depiction of a Daruma doll shows a recognisable childhood past time of making a snowman. The Japanese equivalent of a snowman is a yukidaruma (雪だるま), literally snow daruma.
Netsuke in the form of a boy rolling a yuki daruma or snowman, c. 1831–1870
Ivory, with a carved decoration
2.8 x 4.4 x 2.3 cm