, Jizo Bosatsu [Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha] Enlarge 1 /1
Edo period (1603-1868) Japan
Jizo Bosatsu [Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha] 17th century Place made: Japan
Materials & Technique: sculptures, cypress wood, gold leaf, pigments, crystal, metal
Dimensions: overall 96.5 h x 36.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2004
Accession No: NGA 2004.184.A-D

Jizo Bosatsu is a bodhisattva, a being who delays personal enlightenment to assist others. An attendant to the Amida Buddha, Jizo appears as a monk wearing monastic robes and with his head shaved. He holds the six-ringed staff of a mendicant and a sacred jewel, a symbol of spiritual wealth. A protector of travellers, samurai and fire fighters, Jizo is most widely worshipped as a guardian of mothers and children, particularly infants who are ill or have died.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label