The Daruma doll (達磨) is a hollow, round, traditional Japanese doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls are typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), but colour and design depend on the region and the artist. Daruma has a design that is richly symbolic and is regarded 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. When purchased, the eyes are white so a person can decide on a goal or wish and paint one eye in. Once the goal is achieved, the second eye is filled in.
It is part of our Modern Languages Departmental Collection, and can currently be found displayed in Cheney School's main reception.