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Bodhidharma Meditating Facing a Cliff

Bodhidharma Meditating Facing a Cliff

late 1200s

Hanging scroll; ink on silk

Painting only: 116.5 x 46.4 cm (45 7/8 x 18 1/4 in.); Overall with knobs: 203.2 x 63.5 cm (80 x 25 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1972.41



Bodhidharma is the legendary founder of Chan (Zen) Buddhism in China. Here he is seen meditating in front of a cliff, atop Mount Song. Behind him is his disciple Huike, the first recipient of his teaching.

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Chinese Art
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