Antique Japanese Jizo Bosatsu Sculpture, Meiji-Taisho Period

One of the most beloved and revered Bodhisatvas, Jizo Bosatsu is the protector of women, children and travelers. He is a guide to both physical and spiritual realms. In Japan he is often seen at the intersections of roads and paths so the correct way will be chosen. This particular one is made of pottery and crudely sculpted, yet none of his aura and essence is lost. A tiny, tiny chip at end of robe on right side and another small one at the bottom that is not apparent until statue is turned over. Etched kanji at the back. Also two holes which suggests that it was anchored to a stand. Most probably a studio piece.

Late Meiji, early Taisho. Measures 5 ½” tall.