Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha)

Japan

Heian period (794-1185), About 1100

Jizo Bosatsu always appears as a kindly Buddhist monk. Shrines to him are in every Japanese neighborhood where local groups dress him and make offerings of flowers and food. 


This image was never painted or gilded, the only surface decoration being the marks of the sculptor’s chisel. His right hand originally held a walking stick and his left a jewel, symbolic of his ability to answer all sincere pleas for help.

  • Titles Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha) (Proper)
  • Artist Japan
  • Medium wood
  • Dimensions Height 36 in. (91.4 cm)
  • Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by the Estate of Carolyn Quinn, 2005.16a-b
  • Work Type sculpture
  • Classification Sculpture
  • On View