Unknown Artist

The Buddhist monk Bodhidharma

Other titles:
Buddha (seated with two attendants in front of him and palm trees behind)
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Ming dynasty 1368–1644
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911
Year
18th century
Media
Painting
Medium
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