Jizo Bosatsu with hands forming the gassho adoration mudra and standing upon a lotus-form dais, sculpted figurally from a brick-hued sandstone. Clearly dated on the back to the third year of the Kanpo Era (1743), mid-Edo Period. Very good condition, with the notable exception of an old line of repair, stable and quite discreet, across the figure's neck and lower face. Variegated lichen accumulation.
Overall height, including lotus-form dais: 44 cm
Height of Jizo figure only: 37.5 cm
Diameter of lotus-form dais' upper surface: 24 cm
Packaged weight: 13 kg.
Very seldom does a figurally sculpted standing Jizo come onto the market accompanied by the lotus-form dais with which it was originally paired. Equally uncommon is a Japanese stone repaired with the exacting finesse evident in this example. A rare and desirable ensemble, old repair notwithstanding.