The Buddhist monk Bodhidharma
The monk Bodhidharma, known in Chinese as Damo and in Japanese as Daruma, lived in the fifth or sixth century. Though little is known about him, Bodhidharma is thought to have introduced Chan (Zen in Japanese) Buddhism to China when he travelled there from Central Asia or India. Legend also associates him with instigating martial arts training at China’s Shaolin monastery.
Bodhidharma is recognised by his red robe and extended earlobes with hoop earrings, as well as his beard and prominent nose. Here, surrounded by a halo, he is shown seated on a throne while two Chinese attendants present offerings.
Buddha (seated with two attendants in front of him and palm trees behind)
Place where the work was made
hanging scroll; ink and colour on silk
171.25 x 89.67 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Professor Waterhouse 1957
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Buddhist Art from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 May 1995–10 Sep 1995