MS 7349 Portraits of Bodhidharma (Daruma)

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Physical Description:
3 Items
25.2 x 19.6 cm 25.3 x 19.5 cm 29 x 38 cm sheets

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Included are side and full view bust portraits executed in accordance with a standard type of Daruma--"three-quarter view of the head and shoulders with the furrowed brow, the eyeballs rolled in one direction, the mouth turned downward to emphasize the vigor of concentration." Inscriptions on catalog number 414,616 read perserverance, selfsurrender; resignation; peace of mine. These are followed by a haiku, or seventeen-syllable verse--"Katatoki mo wasuretewa naranu knon ichiji (not even for a moment, I must not forget this word).

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 7349
NAA INV 08824400
NAA INV 08824500
NAA INV 08824600

Local Note
Local Note
Data and translations furnished by Chang-su Houchins, of the Department of Anthropology. She consulted Martie W. Young Asian Art: a collector's selection, 1973, and Noritake Tsuda, Handbook of Japanese Art, 1979. She also received information from Shozo Honda, Japanese Section, Asian Division, Library of Congress.
Local Note
Black ink on paper (Zen suibokuga style)

Using the Collection
Manuscript 7349, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Custodial History
Custodial History
Gift of Dr. Ashley B. Gurney, 1972. According to Dr. Gurney they were found along with some soldier's equipment near Luzon, Philippines. The paintings were transferred to the archives from the artifactual collection by Chang-su Houchins, August 1983.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Buddhism Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Language and languages -- Documentation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Japanese -- Religion Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bodhidharma, active 6th century Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
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