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Chan Patriarch Bodhidharma

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
17th century
Porcelain with ivory glaze (Dehua ware)
H. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm); W. 7 1/2 (19 cm); D. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Winthrop W. Aldrich, Mrs. Arnold Whitridge, and Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse, 1963
Accession Number:
Not on view
Bodhidharma (Damo in Chinese), the foreign monk credited with founding the Chan (or Zen) tradition of East Asian Buddhism, is here identified by his bald head, meditative posture, and monastic clothing. He is first mentioned in mid-sixth-century writings, and has been alternatively described as both Central Asian and South Indian. He is renowned for having spent nine years meditating in a cave before another monk convinced him to transmit the practice of Chan.
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Mrs. Winthop W. Aldrich, Mrs. Arnold Whitridge, Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse , (until 1963; donated to MMA)
New York. China Institute in America. "Blanc de Chine," September 19, 2002–December 8, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art," September 10, 2005–January 8, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Anatomy of a Masterpiece: How to Read Chinese Paintings," March 1, 2008–August 10, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Dissent in 17th-Century China: Masterpieces of Ming Loyalist Art from the Chih Lo Lou Collection," September 6, 2011–January 2, 2012.

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