standing figure holding staff in PR hand and sphere in outstretched PL hand; standing on tiered carved base with lotus leaves around top; gold leaf on garment and base with some remaining areas of blue and green pigment on garment; figure removes from base with keys on bottom of feet; staff also removes

Jizō, the Bodhisattva of the Earth Matrix, second half 13th century

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Jizō Bosatsu stands on a lotus platform and holds a wish-granting jewel and staff. The statue retains some of its original gold leaf decoration and polychrome, and features crystal insets in the eyes, a common feature of sculptures from this period. Jizō is often portrayed as a travelling monk who crosses through the worldly spheres from heaven to hell, helping those who call his name.

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Jizō, the Bodhisattva of the Earth Matrix
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2013.31.52a-c
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standing figure holding staff in PR hand and sphere in outstretched PL hand; standing on tiered carved base with lotus leaves around top; gold leaf on garment and base with some remaining areas of blue and green pigment on garment; figure removes from base with keys on bottom of feet; staff also removes