Dehua Figure of Bodhidharma – The Percival David Collection

Description: Finely modelled figure of a standing Bodhidharma (‘Putidamo’ or ‘Damo’ in Chinese) the reputed founder of Chan Buddhism in China. Ivory white porcelain covered with a pinkish toned glaze. Hollow on the inside, thickly made and heavy. He is shown standing bare footed with his head turned slightly, arms folded, holding a rosary and wrapped in a cape that billows at the edge. He has short curly hair, long lobed ears and an ‘urna’. The piece has a carved wooden stand.

Marks & Inscriptions:
Zhang Shoushan

Height: 26.5 cm
Width: 10.7 cm

Century: 17th century
Dynasty: Early Qing