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Jizō Bosatsu in Welcoming Descent (Jizō bosatsu raigō)

Unidentified Artist

Period:
Kamakura period (1185–1333)
Date:
14th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink, color, and cut gold on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 36 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (92.7 x 39.4 cm) Overall with mounting: 69 1/4 x 23 1/8 in. (175.9 x 58.7 cm) Overall with knobs: 69 1/4 × 25 7/16 in. (175.9 × 64.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.100.525
  • Description

    Veneration of the bodhisattva Jizō (Sanskrit: Kshitagarbha) became widespread during the Kamakura period. Among the iconographies associated with Jizō that originated in this period is this one, in which he manifests in the guise of a monk and rushes through the air to aid the suffering, especially those in hell. Derived from images of the Buddha Amida (Sanskrit: Amitābha) descending to welcome and escort a dying believer to his Pure Land, this painting portrays Jizō surfing the sky on a bank of cloud, his feet upon lotus pedestals. His monk’s robe is decorated with intricate patterns of cut gold. He carries a wishfulfilling jewel and a golden staff with six jangling rings, to announce his arrival.

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