friend and saviour

Jizō is an enlightened being who has postponed nirvana in order to help suffering beings. He is dressed in monk’s robes, usually carrying a staff, and often the wish-granting jewel. He is the guardian of travelers and pilgrims, as well as unborn children. In particular, he is thought to give solace to stillborn and aborted foetuses who are suffering in limbo.

standing Jizō

modern Jizō with jewel

three Jizō

seated Jizō

abstracted Jizō sculpture

modern ceramic Jizō

modern Jizō

with staff and jewel

Jizō incense holder

cute Jizō