Two Jizo Bosatsu figures standing side by side with hands forming the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in relief from a gray-hued igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Very minor old loss; traces of decorative polychrome on the figures' garments.
Height: 17.5 cm
Width: 10.5 cm
Depth: 6.5 cm
Dosojin is the Japanese Shinto manifestation of a Chinese Taoist deity charged with guarding the border between this world and hell. Believed to obstruct the passage of evil spirits and gods of disease into human communities, Dosojin is associated particularly with roads, crossroads, mountain passes, village boundaries, and travel generally.
Because Jizo Bosatsu is Dosojin's honjibutsu, or Buddhist counterpart, Dosojin stones oftentimes take the form of two Jizo figures either standing or seated side by side.
An unusually small-scale Dosojin stone possessing outsize charm. Highly collectible.