An image of The moon through a crumbling window

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

The moon through a crumbling window, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Bodhidharma (Daruma in Japanese) was an Indian prince and the founder of Zen Buddhism. He travelled from India to China in the sixth century seeking enlightenment through Buddhist practice. He is said to have gone to Luoyang in northern China where he sat facing a wall for nine years, and meditated for so long the wall started to disintegrate. Here, Bodhidharma is sitting in meditation under the moonlight. Struggling with his thoughts, he appears fierce rather than calm.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
01 Jun 1886
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodblock; ōban
Dimensions
39.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated.

Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
Accession number
258.2012.30