EARLY 20TH C. JAPANESE JIZO STONE
Jizo is a much beloved Boddhisatva in Japan, Korea, and China, who is a protector of children, women, and travelers. For that reason you often see them placed near the road (also in gardens, and around the house). He is also known to help those who are struggling with a life problem or physical affliction.He is usually portrayed as a monk, in simple garb, and often holding a staff of six rings, and/or the jewel of the Dharma. As you would expect, these are stones, and quite heavy. Please take this into account in terms of shipping.
Stone depiction of a seated Jizo Bosatsu sculpted in relief, clearly dated to the third year of the Showa Era (1928). Pristine condition, with fulsome lichen accumulation. Height 46.7 cm, Width 27.6 cm, Depth 21.0 cm. A relatively young Jizo with good size and notable presence, sculpted with undulating flair. The date is incised onto the piece's backside. Uncommon and extremely stylish. The Japanese have a way of making things look both ancient and modern at the same time.