Height: 23 inches
Width: 12 inches at base
A large wood carving of a seated figure, wearing a thick long garment, his head bold but wearing a curling chin strip and mustache, his large hear lobs pierced with hearings.
The large wide eyes and beard style of the monk indicates that he not of Chinese origins, but rather a foreigner. Boddhidarma was a Buddhist monk born in Persia and who lived in China around the 5th century. He is known to have brought Zen Buddhism to China, and also to have began the Temple of the Shaolin monks.
Condition: Overall in good condition considering the age and nature of the sculpture, with some age cracks and wormholes.
Height: 14 ¼ in (36.5 cm)
Length: 15 in (38 cm)
Wood sculptures of this period are very rare due to the fragile nature of wood, and were found among tomb furniture. The present example is in exemplary condition and complete. It is composed of seven primary parts with seven other parts composing the details such as the mane and saddle. Traces of gesso and traces of original cold-pigment paint are still visible.
A radiocarbon test has been performed by Beta Analytic Inc. and resulted in a dating between 130 AD and 350 AD.
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Works of Art (2009), cat. no. 96