Dizangwang Bodhisattva

Accession Number

Dizangwang Bodhisattva


Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
20th century

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

18 in x 15 3/16 in (45.7 cm x 38.6 cm);18 11/16 in x 15 15/16 in (47.5 cm x 40.4 cm);18 in x 15 3/16 in (45.7 cm x 38.6 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Willard A. and Marybelle B. Hanna

Subject matter
The central figure is Dizang, also known as Bodhisattva. Dizang is translated from Sanskrit's "Womb of the Earth" and his four greatest qualities are great compassion, great wisdom, great love and perfect activity, and great vow to help and deliver to all beings. He is in a sitting posture on a lotus thrown and wears a five-leave crown. There is a monk figure to his left, and a scholar figure to his right. The symbols in the background may represent the different people that Dizang has saved from suffering. Dizang does not judge people and instead saves them from the suffering of hell. 

Physical Description
A central figure dressed in a robe and crown is sitting on a throne and holding an alms bowl. Two smaller figures are on both sides of him. The left figure appears to be a monk. He is bald and is holding a staff. The right figure has a beard and is wearing a headdress. He stands with his hands clasped together. The background is filled with patterns and symbols of people, animals, and nature. 

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
color print

Collection Area

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Buddhas (visual works)
monks (people)

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