Two Jizo Bosatsu figures standing side by side with hands forming the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in relief from a gray-hued volcanic stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss.
Height: 27.5 cm
Width: 11.5 cm
Depth: 6.5 cm
Packaged weight: 4 kg.
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.
A fetching little Dosojin stone with an unusually tall mandorla towering over the two Jizo figures.