The Bodhisattva Jizô with a demon and childrenArtist(s)JapaneseArtist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date18th century - 19th centuryMedium & Supporthanging scroll, ink and color on silkDimensions
68 in. x 20 1/2 in. ( 172.7 cm x 52.1 cm )Credit LineGift of Susan Pratt Walton in honor of Catherine Mariotti Pratt and James BissetSubject matter
This image shows Jizō at Sai no Kawara, a Buddhist hell where children are reborn to punish them for the pain they caused their parents by their deaths. The children pile small stones to form minature pagodas as a devotional practice to ensure their rebirth in a better Buddhist afterlife, and to transfer karmic merit to their parents. However, a demon (oni) knocks these down, forcing the children to coninuously build and rebuild them. Jizō comforts and protects the children in Sai no Kawara, and they cling to his staff and hide inside his billowing robes. Physical Description
This painting depicts the bodhisattva Jizō standing by the bank of a river surrounded by children. The majority of these are seated on the ground, creating small piles of rocks, but a few pull on the divinity’s robes. At a distance is a red demonic figure (oni) leaning on a staff with his arm outstretched over the water. Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object Typefigure paintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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