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Bodhisattva Jizo
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Standing on a lotus flower hovering over the sea is a Buddhist saint called Jizo Bosatsu who, to judge from the trail of cloud, appears to be descending. Jizo, protector of women, children and travellers, has been honoured in Japan since the Nara period (645-794). Jizo Bosatsu is a Bodhisattva, one who has transcended the cycle of reincarnation. He holds two attributes: a beggar's staff and a jewel. In Japan, wealthy connoisseurs often collected paintings. These would be displayed in a special niche in the wall, the tokonoma. Being especially delicate, these paintings were regularly alternated.

History of the Object
This silk scroll painting dates from the early fourteenth century and had suffered much wear and tear from the many times it had been rolled open and shut. It was recently restored. The paint was fixed with glue solution. The painting was then removed from its old mount and washed. Missing pieces of silk were replaced on the back of the material. Finally, the painting was pasted onto several layers of paper and attached to a new mount. Originally the silk was also painted on the back, supporting the picture on the front, but here the pigments were largely lost. To compensate for the absence of this paintwork, the first auxiliary sheet of paper immediately under the painting was carefully coloured.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Scroll painting; ink, paint and gold on silk 
Measurements
Width 60 cm Height 200 cm  
Creator name
Unknown artist 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 14th century 
Creation date
14th Century; first half 
Function
Bodhisattva - In Buddhist religion a Bodhisattva is an enlightened spirit. Bodhisattvas are those who, in the course of their reincarnations, have, through good deeds and correct actions, almost reached the point salvation from the suffering of human existence. They are able to escape the spiral of reincarnations. Yet they choose deliberately not to take that step, in order to help others escape the circle of reincarnation. The best known are Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Pity, and Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. Bodhisattvas are depicted with various customary attributes. They wear a loincloth and jewels and, like Buddha, they have elongated ears and a mark on the forehead. The hair is partly gathered in a topknot and the rest hangs loosely over the shoulders. 
Acquisition
Purchased in 1929 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst; long term loan Rijksmuseum Amsterdam 
Museum
Rijksmuseum 
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