Description The figure at the lower left of this tsuba is Daruma, the Chinese monk who founded Zen Buddhism by mediating in a cave. In his hand he holds a fly whisk executed in silver. The five characters on the left side of the tsuba are a quote from the Flower Ornament Sutra: "Everything you experience is a reflection of what is in your heart." On the back is a ruyi scepter often carried by Buddhist monks. The rough nature of the tsuba's background is an appropriate pairing with a depiction of Daruma because he advocated a life of simplicity.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [inscription] 心外無別法; [Transliteration] shinge mu beppô
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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