Jizō Bosatsu (Kṣitigarbha)


Jizō Bosatsu (Kṣitigarbha)

Sculpture / Nara

Kamakura period, 13th century

Wood with polychromy, cut gold leaf and inlaid crystal eyes

H 36.6


The lotus pedestal was mounted on the cirrus cloud which means the statue of Jizō was represented as an attendant escorting to the Paradise. It was said that the left hand might have held a sacred jewel and the right hand might have grasped a staff (shakujō). The intellectual appearance was reflected by the carving style of Buddhist sculptor Kaikei, this statue was thought to be produced by one of the close sculptors.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.140, no.136.

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