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.
Editorial Assistant Rachel High speaks with Denise Patry Leidy, Brooke Russell Astor Curator of Chinese Art, about her book How to Read Chinese Ceramics and the continued relevance of Chinese porcelain today.
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