Dehua porcelain figure of a standing Bodhidharma, with bare feet, is wrapped in a long cape held close in one hand, and in the other hand he holds a shoe.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 118 millimetres
Inscription Commenton ivory stand
Room 95 label text:
Figure of Bodhidharma and ivory stand
Potters made figures of gods and goddesses for domestic altars as well as to export at the Dehua kilns. Originally the figures were probably made as cheap alternatives to ivory carvings of deities also made in Fujian. Bodhidharma is the legendary founder of Chan (Zen) Buddhism in China. Soon after his death, Bodhidharma was seen walking back towards his native India. He was barefoot and with a single shoe in his hand. When his grave was later exhumed the only thing found in it was the shoe he left behind.
Porcelain moulded and carved with transparent glaze, ivory stand
Dehua ware 德化窯
Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800
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Object reference number: RRC38776
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