A yawning Domo Bodhidharma representing of of his long periods of meditation and captured in a humorous mud figure. It can be humorously interpreted Domo was awakening from a long sleep, or yawning in hunger for food. Damo settled in the Song Mountain in Henan Province, the site of the Shaolin Temple, where he spent nine years practicing meditation in a cave nearby.
A favorite subject matter of Shiwan potters, Damo was an Indian Buddhist missionary of royal descents who reached Guangdong sea, and preached the Buddhist scriptures in Foshan, in A.D. 526, becoming the first patriarch of Chinese Buddhism. In Quin dynasty, when China, was ruled by the foreign Maonchu government, Damo became even more popular in Shiwan as the founder of the Shaolin branch of martial arts, which was practiced in Guangdong in preparation for the overthrow of the Quin.
Here we see him yawning with a wide-open mouth, with his teeth prominently displayed. His eyes are wild and crazy, as he encourages his followers to “press forward”, for enlightenment is not far off. His robe that covers his head is in a mottled ochre blue glaze. The only exposed portion of his body is his unglazed head, which is very expressive and detailed, and his exposed foot
Condition: Pristine and excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. Piece has no impressed stamp was made between 1890-1919. Dimensions: 4-1/4”w x 5-1/2”h (10.7cm x 13.9cm).
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Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection