East Asian Art
Seated JizoMade in Japan, Asia
Kamakura Period (1185-1333), Early 14th century
Artist/maker unknown, Japanese
Ink, colors, and cut and reverse-stamped gold on silk; mounted as a hanging scroll
Currently not on view
1983-16-1Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1983
LabelThe advocate of souls facing trial in hell and a protector of children, Jizo is depicted sitting atop a lotus throne on a rocky bluff amid a sea of rolling waves. This idealized setting, painted with touches of gold, may be a reference to Jizo’s legendary abode, Mount Karadiya.