Thursday, August 19, 2010

8.12.10, Thursday

I have a larger oil painting of this statue in progress. I visited Japan in 2008 and have many reference photos just waiting for me.
Here is a little info I found online about the red bibbed statues:
Jizō, or Ojizō-sama as he is respectfully known, is one of the most loved of all Japanese divinities. His statues are a common sight, especially by roadsides and in graveyards. Traditionally, he is seen as the guardian of children, particularly children who died before their parents or unborn children.
Jizo is special to pregnant women and to those whose children have died. Statues of Jizo can sometimes be seen wearing tiny children's clothing or bibs. Grieving parents place toys and other offerings beside the Jizo statue to invoke his protection of their dead child. Offerings are also made by parents to thank Jizo for saving their children from a serious illness.

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