This is a painting of the Indian monk Boddhidharma. He is called Daruma in Japan. In this painting he is shown as a holy man. He is bare footed with long toe nails that mean to show that he has been seated in meditation for a long period of time, He looks disheveled and vulnerable against the wind that is blowing his garments to the side. He meditated for nine years facing a rock wall. He is a paragon of dedication to the purpose of achieving enlightenment through discipline and will. He is credited with founding the school of Buddhism called Chan Buddhism in China and Zen Buddhism in Japan. This Buddhist way of thinking says that enlightenment can come quickly; not requiring many reincarnations. This is a new mounting.
Age: Meiji Period ca 1880
Size: painting 48-1/2" x 15-3/4" (123 x 40 cm); overall 74-5/8" x 23" (189 x 58 cm)
Media: Ink & pigment on silk