Sunday, 29 November 2015

My XL nanoblock Daruma and Fukusuke

Here is my extra large nanoblock Daruma and Fukusuke that was specially commissioned for my exhibition in Liang Court mall in Singapore recently =)

The Daruma doll, 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. - From Wikipedia

A Fukusuke doll is the depiction of a man kneeling seiza style, with a large head and a topknot. It was originally a doll enshrined in tea houses in the Edo period to bring good luck. In those days, it was considered that Fukusuke would bring "perennial youth, wealth and honor." - From Wikipedia

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