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Creator Name: Kamakura period
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Name-CRT: Kamakura period
Title: Jizo Bosatsu
Creation Start Date: 1200
Creation End Date: 1299
Creation Date: 13th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: wood
Materials and Techniques: gesso, color, kirikiane on wood, metal
Dimensions: H.26 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 86.7a-c
Credit Line: Gift of Anne de Uribe Echebarria in honor of her husband, Luis de Uribe Echebarria, Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Burke Foundation, Mary Griggs Burke, The Putnam Dana McMillan and William Hood Dunwoody Funds
Jizo is a bodhisattva, a divine being of infinite grace and compassion who forestalls his own buddhahood in order to help sentient beings to enlightenment. Since the 10th century, he has been portrayed as a young, itinerant monk who carries a pilgrim's staff and a wish-granting jewel. He is popularly believed to assist those condemned to the torments of hell, and the wayward souls of deceased children. This statue shows Jizo descending from the heavens, as suggested by the cloud that supports his lotus pedestal. The exquisite workmanship and extreme elegance of the figure, particularly the serene beauty of the face, are elements associated with the Kei school of sculptors active during the Kamakura period (1185-1336).
AMICA ID: MIA_.86.7a-c
Component Measured: height only
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights:
?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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