Daruma

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Daruma

Alternate Title: Bodhidharma
Japan, 18th century
Paintings; scrolls
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Image: 44 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (113.03 x 50.17 cm); Mount: 77 3/4 x 25 in. (197.49 x 63.5 cm)
Gift of Murray Smith (M.91.220)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

A hanging scroll is a painting done on paper or silk, backed with thick paper and surrounded by silk borders....
A hanging scroll is a painting done on paper or silk, backed with thick paper and surrounded by silk borders. At the bottom is a wooden dowel that allows the scroll to be easily rolled up and stored in a box. Scrolls are hung in niches to mimic the recessed alcove, or tokonoma, found in traditional Japanese homes.

To see a demonstration of traditional ink painting by artist Hisako Sano, who trained with monks in Japan, press the play button below.

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Bibliography

  • Simpkins, C. Alexander and Simpkins, Annellen.  Zen in Ten: Easy Lessons for Spiritual Growth.  Boston: Tuttle Publishing, 2003.