Bodhidharma in meditation


Not on view

First mentioned in mid-sixth-century writings, Bodhidharma (Damo), the monk credited with founding the Zen (Chan) sect of Buddhism, has been alternately described as Central Asian and South Indian. This porcelain sculpture depicts him seated in a monastic costume, referencing a legend that he spent nine years meditating in a cave to attain enlightenment.

#7436. Chan Patriarch Bodhidharma

Bodhidharma in meditation, Porcelain with ivory glaze (Dehua ware), China

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.