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犀角達摩像
Buddhist monk Bodhidharma (Chinese: Damo)

Period:
Ming (1368–1644)–Qing (1644–1911) dynasty
Date:
17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Rhinoceros horn
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); W. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Classification:
Horn
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.344
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
The bald head, meditative posture, and monastic clothing identify this figure as Bodhidharma, the foreign monk credited with founding the Chan (or Zen) tradition of East Asian Buddhism. In Chinese sources, Bodhidharma is identified as both Central Asian and/or Indian; however, his biography remains elusive.
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