The Daruma, a symbol of perseverance and good luck, resembles Bodhidharma (called Ta-mo by the Chinese), an Indian Buddhist monk who is credited with founding Zen. In the year A.D. 520 he returned to Lo-yang and sat before a wall meditating for nine years, where demons of both sexes continually taunted him. As the result of his long sit-in, Daruma lost the use of his legs. He also has no eyelids because once he was heedless enough to fall asleep; so upon waking he cut them off and threw them on the ground, where they became the Tea tree.
Our paper mache Daruma are used in wish fulfillment, where one
pupil is painted in when the wish is made and when the wish comes true
the other pupil is painted in. It is weighted at the bottom so that it will always return to an upright position when tipped over. Gold kanji framing the face say kin-un/sho-rai or "money is coming."