Bodhidharma Da Mo Buddha Statue / Antique Chinese Qing Lacquered Wood Carving 達摩禪師
Antique Chinese Lacquered Wood Statue
Da Mo Riding Banyan Leaf
Circa: Qing to Early Republic, 1920s' and earlier
H 8.75 in. (22cm), W 3.25 in. (8cm), D 3 in. (7.5cm)
Condition: very good!
Bodhidharma, the blue-eyed Brahmin was an Indian Buddhist missionary of royal descent, who arrived in China in A.D. 526. His name in Chinese is Da Mo (Greater than Evil). He is believed to have visited Japan, where he is known as Daruma, the God of Fortune. Bodhidharma is regarded as the chief of the Six Patriarchs of Buddhism. He teaches that perfection must be sought inward through meditation rather than outward observances. This beautifully lacquered wood carving depicts Bodhidharma with one shoe in hand, riding the wave on a banyan leaf crossing the Yangtze River. The Zen Master is dressed in Chinese robe, his facial features, snail curved hair of his beard and eyebrows indicate his Indian origins. Expertly carved from a beautiful piece of camphor wood in Ming style, with lingering scent eloquently imbued the statue a spiritual presence. In spite of its age, the statue appears to be in good condition.