Children making a snow ball, 1820s - 1850s

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Children's delight in newly fallen snow is universal. Here three ambitious Japanese boys are creating a yukidaruma, "snow Bodhidharma." Bodhidharma was the Indian sage who traveled to China in the sixth century to spread his doctrine which stressed seated meditation as a means toward enlightenment. Since a large rounded snow mound resembles a seated monk with his robe covering his head and legs, such figures came to be called yukidaruma in Japan.

Children making a snow ball
Artist Life
1796 - 1871
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