100 YEAR OLD 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 usually holding a staff of six rings, and/or the jewel of the Dharma. This piece is far more impressive in person. As you would expect, these are stones, and quite heavy. Please take this into account in terms of shipping.
An unusual Jizo with strong presence—clearly discernible facial features help—sculpted from a sedimentary stone composed of volcanic ash, I believe, the left hand holding a sacred jewel and the right hand grasping a shakujo (crozier), another commonly seen Jizo prop. Excellent lichen accumulation. Some loss, notably on the sides. The back appears to have been left in a semi-finished state. Height 21" (52 cm). A Meiji 40 (1908) date appears on one of the sides. The only full figure of the stones I purchased. Imagine this in your house or garden. $2125.