A Large Lacquered Root Wood Figure Of Damo

An unusually large root wood carving of a Damo, seen here holding a shoe in his left hand and a club held up aloft behind his head in his right hand. This depiction is finely detailed, including his bare emaciated chest, and facial features. Covered in a dark lacquer with a good patina.

Damo, or Bodhidharma was a legendary Indian monk who traveled to China in the sixth century & whose teachings eventually became the foundation of Chan (Zen) Buddhism. He is often depicted with his shoes at his side or held in his hand, based on his having evaded pursuers by crossing the Yangtze River standing barefoot on a reed leaf.

Age: 18th c – 19th c

Size: Approx 66 cm High

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