Wednesday, July 6, 2011
This set of Jizo are quite unusual, not only in their facial expressions, but also in that they are ceramic and not the usual stone.
Often large groups of statues of different figures will be rakan, disciples of the Buddha.
I am not sure who this guy is, maybe one of you can tell me, but like many of the buddhist pantheon it seems to have its roots in Hinduism.
These look like Jizo, guardian of children among other identities. Possibly Mizuko Jizo for children who died before birth.
Once again, I have no idea who this pair are. maybe some of you know?
All of thesae photos were taken on the Kunisaki peninsular in Oita Prefecture, north Kyushu, one of my favorite places in japan and home to an enormous amount of statues, mostly of stone.