A wood sculpture of Jizo Bosatsu
Attributed to Kosho (1534-1621), probably Momoyama Period
Carved in yosegi zukuri (joined wood-block construction) from cypress wood and assembled in separate sections, painted on a gesso ground, the Bodhisattva is seated on a lotus pedestal before a halo, in a slightly informal, half-cross-legged position, the figure is imbued with a combination of divine aloofness and human compassion, shown in the guise of a monk with shaved head, his right hand carrying a long staff (shakujo and in his left a small wish-granting jewel. The figure 60cm (28 5/8in) high, the base 34cm x 37cm x 24cm (13 3/8in x 14½in x 9½in). (5).