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-Edo Period ca. 1750. Minor old loss.
Height: 25 cm
Width: 12.5 cm
Depth: 9.5 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.
Designated as Dosojin's honjibutsu, or Buddhist counterpart, Jizo Bosatsu is the deity most commonly depicted in the case of Dosojin stones.
A charmingly rough-hewn and small-scale talismanic Dosojin stone, and a fine example of Japanese folk sculpture.