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Title

The Buddhist monk Bodhidharma

18th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Buddha (seated with two attendants in front of him and palm trees behind)


Place where the work was made

China


Date

18th century


Media category

Painting


Materials used

hanging scroll; ink and colour on silk


Dimensions

171.25 x 89.67 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Professor Waterhouse 1957


Accession number

9323



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history