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Jizou sekibutsu - Japan (42)

Jizo sekibutsu
Figure of Bosatsu (Bodhisattva)
Granite stone & lichen (moss)
Edo period, 18th century
H.: 28.5 cm

Jizo-bosatsu (Ksitigarbha in Sanskrit) is a Bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism, usually depicted as a Buddhist monk in the Orient. In Japan he is generally called Jizo or o-jizo-sama. Jizo is traditionally considered the guardian of children, especially of those who die before their parents do. Fire fighters are also believed to be under the protection of Jizo. His statues are a common sight, especially by roadsides and in graveyards. This piece is almost fully covered with moss which gives it an especially attractive appearance.

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