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    Sale 2266

    Japanese and Korean Art

    17 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 18

    A seated figure of Jizo Bosatsu

    EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)

    Price Realised  

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    A seated figure of Jizo Bosatsu
    Edo Period (17th Century)
    The carved wood figure seated on a lotus base, traces of lacquer, white and colored pigments and gilding, the monk's robe (kesa) decorated with floral scrolling patterns and wheels of the law, the border of the robe decorated in gold, a sacred jewel sits loosely in the left hand, and the halo is decorated with three flaming jewels, staff now missing
    53in. (134.6cm.), including base


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    Jizo is a bodhisattva in the guise of a monk wearing a kesa, or patchwork surplice, and holding a monk's staff and a sacred jewel. Seated on a lotus pedestal, he has descended to earth to "mingle with the dust," or enter the hells to exchange place with sinners. The cult of Jizo as a savior and an advocate for the sinner in hell became central to Japanese Buddhism in the Kamakura period. Functioning like a priest, he serves as a guide of the dead through the intermediate state and on to birth in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha. In popular religion, Jizo is also linked with indigenous cults of fertility and childbirth.
    Previously sold in these Rooms, 22 April, 1987, lot 430

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE NEW ENGLAND COLLECTION