dark scene with seated figure in center with halo and holding staff; small red skinned figure in LLC and small white skinned figure in LRC

Life-Prolonging Jizō Bodhisattva (Enmei Jizō Bosatsu), early 14th century

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This painting portrays Life-prolonging Jizō, one of many forms of the bodhisattva Jizō to whom believers would pray for a long life. Shown lost in thought, seated in a relaxed pose upon a rock in the midst of a swirling sea, Jizō is attended by two young boys below—the red figure at left is Shōaku, the Administrator of Evil, and the white figure at right is Shōzen, the Administrator of Good. Life-prolonging Jizō can also manifest in a wrathful form as the Immovable Wisdom King. A painting of the Immovable Wisdom King made around the same time.

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Life-Prolonging Jizō Bodhisattva (Enmei Jizō Bosatsu)
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2013.29.95
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dark scene with seated figure in center with halo and holding staff; small red skinned figure in LLC and small white skinned figure in LRC