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地蔵菩薩来迎図
Jizō Bosatsu in Welcoming Descent (Jizō bosatsu raigō)

Artist:
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
Not on view
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.
Mrs. H. O. (Louisine W.) Havemeyer , New York (until d. 1929; bequeathed to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Bodhisattva Jizo, Guardian of Wandering Souls," February 21, 1990–May 20, 1990.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," November 5, 1991–December 15, 1992.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Noh Robes," 1993.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," August 17, 2013–January 12, 2014.

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