May 4, 2010
May 4, 2010
May 4, 2010

Bodhidharma Crossing the Yangzi on a Reed

Bodhidharma Crossing the Yangzi on a Reed

蘆葉達磨圖

1300s

Hanging scroll; ink on paper

Painting only: 91.1 x 36.5 cm (35 7/8 x 14 3/8 in.); Overall: 175 x 38.5 cm (68 7/8 x 15 3/16 in.); Overall with knobs: 175 x 43 cm (68 7/8 x 16 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1964.44

Location

Did you know?

Barefooted Bodhidharma sails across the Yangzi River balanced on a thin stalk of reed.

Description

Bodhidharma was a legendary Indian monk who is said to have transmitted the Chan (or Zen) doctrine from India to China in the 6th century. The inscribed poem is by the priest Liaoan Qingyu (1288–1363) and reads: "Wind rises from the reed flowers, the waves are high, / It's a long way to go beyond the cliff of the Shaoshi mountain, / Above the worlds of kalpas a flower is opening into five petals, / So that your barefoot heels are just fine for the whipping rattans."

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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