KATO GIZAN (B. 1968)
KATO GIZAN (B. 1968)
KATO GIZAN (B. 1968)
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KATO GIZAN (B. 1968)

Jiai (Benevolence)

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KATO GIZAN (B. 1968)
Jiai (Benevolence)
Signed Gizan, dated Reiwa ninen junigatsu (December 2020)
Carved wood sculpture
35 7/8 in. (91.1 cm.) high without stand
With original metal stand

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Takaaki Murakami(村上高明)
Takaaki Murakami(村上高明) Vice President, Specialist and Head of Department | Korean Art

Lot Essay

Her left hand in Abhayamudra, "do not fear"; her right hand in Varadamudra, "mercy upon you" – this sculpture Jiai (Benevolence) demonstrates compassion and motherhood. In this sculpture Kato Gizan reflects his great sympathy for the current pessimistic world state contending with wars, unstable political status, global warming, and COVID-19 pandemic. Employing Buddhism sculpture making tradition from mid-Heian period (11th century), Gizan aims to demonstrate a contemporary kannon, who prays for universal peace and symbolizess the spirit of overcoming hardships with compassion. Praying is an action exsited prior to written characters, and the artist considers, even admist the ongoing separation of modern life with accelerated technological advancements and religion, which is never experienced by any generation before us, people continue to pray. Praying links the present with the past, and this sculpture links humanity with Buddhism, the sacred spirit that dwelled over thousands of years.

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