地蔵 (Jizō the Bodhisattva of the Earth Matrix)

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Protector of those tormented in hell, women from childbirth, and warriors in battle, travelers and children, including dead children and aborted fetuses –Jizō the Bodhisattva of the Earth Matrix carries a pilgrim’s staff and a “mani jewel” whose protective light is associated with wish fulfillment. Apparently he’s quite popular in Japan, particularly in cemeteries and roadsides. I was particularly drawn to the jewel-orb and to the delicate but strong hands that hold it. The detail is extraordinary, down to the fingernails, which add a nice touch. Made of cypress and polychrome and inlaid crystal, this Jizō figure was commissioned in 1321. I think he was purchased and brought to Boston in 1905.

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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One Response to 地蔵 (Jizō the Bodhisattva of the Earth Matrix)

  1. dmf says:

    from avatar/icon to objet d’art

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