robed male figure with lotus leaf hat playing flute while standing on a cloud; pale halo around head

Jizō Playing a Flute, 1670

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In this painting by the renowned Kano School master, Kano Tan’yū, the salvific bodhisattva Jizō (Sanskrit: Ksitigarbha) descends from the sky on a wisp of cloud. In a unique take on Jizō imagery thought to have been invented by Tan’yū himself, the youthful bodhisattva plays a flute and wears a lotus leaf atop his head. Although images of a flute-playing Jizō are exceedingly rare, Mary Burke had two examples by Tan’yū in her collection.

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Details
Title
Jizō Playing a Flute
Artist Life
1602 - 1674
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.64
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 149
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robed male figure with lotus leaf hat playing flute while standing on a cloud; pale halo around head