votive figure

A white Daruma, Japan. The character on the Daruma’s chin means ‘happiness’. On the left side of the face there is a symbol which may read ‘good luck’. The symbol on the right side of the face is indecipherable. A white Daruma is unusual, but the significance of the colour is not known.

Collection Information

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The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

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