Height: 948.000 mm
Width: 382.000 mm
Gift of Sir W. Gwynne-Evans, Bt.
Asia JA JP 18 (1913.5-1.055)
The bodhisattva Jizō, a hanging scroll painting
Kamakura period, late 13th century AD
With the spread of faith in the Jōdo (Pure
Land) sect of Buddhism during the Kamakura period (1185-1333), the
The bodhisattva directs a calm, benevolent gaze down towards the distressed believer, and his delicate fingers gesture with great sensitivity. The halo is outlined in simple cut gold-leaf (kiri-kane).
It is more common for Jizō to be shown coming towards us from a distance on a cloud (raigō-zu). The pose here, therefore, with the large figure standing statically on a pair of lotus-flower pedestals, is unusual. Certain technical and stylistic features suggest a date in the later thirteenth century, which is relatively early for Jizō imagery. These include the generally subdued colouring of the robe and the monk's stole held with a metal ring at the shoulder (kan-kesa), as well as the strong, modulating ink outlines of the drapery.
The ancient silk support is damaged in many places, particularly the area of Jizō's right arm and shoulder.
I. Hirayama and T. Kobayashi (eds.), Hizō Nihon bijutsu taikan, vol. 1 (Tokyo, Kodansha, 1992)