Japanese Buddha Bodhisattva from Japan at Oceanic Arts Australia
The Jizo Bodhisattva or Buddha in Japan is one of the most beloved and revered Bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism. Jizo is the embodiment of the Bodhisattva Vow, the aspiration to save all beings from suffering. He is the protector of women, children, and travelers in the six realms of existence. In India he is known as Ksitigarbha, in China as Dizang, in Korea as Jijang Bosal, and in Japan as Jizo Bosatsu.
The function of this great Bodhisattva is to guide travellers in both the physical and spiritual realms. In Japan, it is customary to place statues of Jizo at the intersections of roads and paths so the correct way will be chosen. Jizo is often depicted as a child-monk, or as a pilgrim carrying a staff with six jingling rings to announce his friendly approach. He is sometimes shown holding the “Dharma Jewel,” the calming light which banishes all fear.
This very sensitive & beautiful carved wood Jizo Bodhisattva is the form of a standing monk in flowing robes, carved from a single piece of wood except for the feet and the hand (now missing) The soft peaceful face of tranquillity and the eyes appear to be closed.
I loved this artwork from the very first time I saw it, it has such a peaceful demeanour.
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic Art and Asian Art
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