Monday, 12 February 2018

Statues of Da Mo

Recently collected 2 simple, yet artistic wood carvings of Da Mo, one tall and the other short one. The carvings featured only the head of Da Mo on a block of wood. Da Mo, an Indian monk who came to China in the 5th century. According to legend, he trained many disciples in martial art and started the School of Shaolin specializing in various types of kungfu routines.

Carvings of Da Mo
 Da Mo, or Bodhidharma ,was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century. He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Chan Buddhism to China, and regarded as its first Chinese patriarch. According to Chinese legend, he also began the physical training of the monks of Shaolin Monastery that led to the creation of Shaolin kungfu. In Japan, he is known as Daruma. (source from Wikipedia).

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