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Seated Jizo

Artist/maker unknown, Japanese

Made in Japan, Asia

Kamakura Period (1185-1333)

Early 14th century

Ink, colors, and cut and reverse-stamped gold on silk; mounted as a hanging scroll

Painting: 33 1/4 × 15 5/8 inches (84.5 × 39.7 cm) Mount: 68 1/2 × 24 1/2 inches (174 × 62.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1983

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The advocate of souls facing trial in hell and a protector of children, Jizo is depicted sitting atop a lotus throne on a rocky bluff amid a sea of rolling waves. This idealized setting, painted with touches of gold, may be a reference to Jizo’s legendary abode, Mount Karadiya.