Darumas are traditional Japanese dolls regarded as talismans of good luck. In Japan, they are often found in places that seek good fortune, as representational figures of the Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism. Daruma’s are conventionally made out of paper-mache and range in size and colors. However, these dolls are cast in iron to parallel the weight of its emotional purpose with the objects itself, then blackened. This Iron Daruma is meant to be held to interact with our body, and to value the weight of our ambitions.
Slide images courtesy of Ricardo Nagaoka