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Bodhidharma Buddha Statue

Antique Chinese Wood Buddha
Bodhidharma
Polychrome Over Wood

Qing Dynasty,Circa: 18th-19th century
H 33" (84cm.), W 10" (25cm.), D 8" (20cm.)

Condition : Cracks and missing attribute

Bodhidharma, or Ta Mo, was a Brahmin Buddhist missionary who brought the faith to Japan where he is known as Daruma. So intense was his desire to attain liberation through meditiation, it is said he cut off his eyelids to prevent himself from falling asleep. Where the eyelids fell, the first tea plant sprung up. Bodhidharma is often depicted in Indian art in profound meditation in a cave, or facing a blank wall. He taught the perfection of realization from the heart in contrast to dependence upon external ritual.

This Chinese wood carving of Bodhidharma in standing posture is undoubtedly once worshipped in Buddhist temple. His expression is sober, intense and full of radiance; he is holding a fly whisk in his left hand, symbolizing his vow never to kill. In his right hand he would hold the missing staff or sistrum, a shaft topped with metal rings, to chase away poisonous snakes and insects. Time has altered the appearance of this Ta Mo; the faded colors seem to blend into the raw wood with the uniform tonality of age, softening the effect of a formidable presence.

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