Ming dynasty (1368-1644) or earlier
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.