Statuette, Buddhist statue, Buddha, bodhisattva Dizang / Jizo. High quality bronze. Mahayana, vajrayana. Dimensions 27cm/ 9cm. temple

Statuette, Buddhist statue, Buddha, bodhisattva Dizang / Jizo. High quality bronze. Mahayana, vajrayana. Dimensions 27cm/ 9cm. temple


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Statuette, Buddhist statue,
Buddha, Bodhisattva Dizang/ Jizo.
High quality bronze.
Mahayana, vajrayana.

High quality bronze both in bronze and patina quality
This statue was made by Tibetan bronziers, specialized in making statues and ritual objects for Vajrayana Buddhist temples.
The base moves from below in order to put offerings in the statuette during the blessing like all true Buddhist statuettes

The bronze used is called purple bronze. It is a high-quality bronze, holding its characteristic color to a high copper content.

Equally exceptional patina.

Dimensions: 27cm high 9cm wide 9cm deep

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Dizang, the savior of the underworld. Dizang, known in China as Dizang Wang or Dizang Pusa, is the savior of hell in Chinese Buddhism.

Its name "Hidden Treasure of the Earth" is the translation of the Sanskrit Ksitigharba, which means "he who conceals the earth". It belongs to the tetralogy of the great Chinese bodhisattvas, masters of the four sacred Buddhist mountains.

Dizang is often depicted as a young monk with a tonsured skull, who holds in his hand a pilgrim's bumblebee and in the other a luminous pearl. Both serve to guide the souls of the dead to get them out of hell.

Dizang shares with Guanyin the great wish to be present as long as there are men to rescue, for all the endless "Buddha-free period" that will only end with the regenerating coming of Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future.

But if Guanyin deploys his infinite compassion in this world, Dizang extends his action into the afterlife, repatriating his departed faithful to the peaceful abode of Nirvana.

His cult has therefore developed especially in China where he is one of the four great bodhisattvas. Like those of Amituofo and Guan Yin, it is centered around the function of spiritual deliverance attributed to it. Nevertheless, while the previous two focus on the six categories of creatures without distinction, Dizangwang's specialty is the rescue of the souls of hell. Has

His cult in China is also linked to a monk of the Tang period considered his incarnation, founder of the temple of Mount Jiuhua where his mummy was kept. Jiuhua is one of the four great Buddhist mountains each associated with one of the four great bodhisattvas.

Like Amitabha and Avalokiteshvara, Dizangwang took a vow, that of delivering souls from hell. This tradition is recorded in the Dizangwang Vow Sutra. The coming of Ksitigarbha is announced by Shakyamuni Buddha in the paradise Trayastrimsa as a mark of gratitude to his mother Maya. The Buddha explains that Ksitigarbha was once a young Brahmin whose mother had often shown impiety; She had then resolved to save her by dint of offerings and prayers; She had on this occasion glimpsed hell and vowed to become a Buddha (or bodhisattva) to deliver all its inhabitants.

Two childish-looking Japanese Jizos carrying the red bibs donated by grieving mothers. According to the sutra, the Buddha entrusted Ksitigarbha with the task of watching after him over the "Buddha-free world" while waiting for the arrival of the Buddha of the future, Maitreya. This text had familiar resonances for the Chinese: millenarianism announcing the loss of dharma transmission until the arrival of the future Buddha; importance of filial piety.

In Japan, Jizo is especially solicited by women who have had a miscarriage or aborted, and placed at crossroads because these places particularly attract ghosts and other demons.

Apart from helping souls in pain, he occasionally performs the function of a provider of wealth by virtue of the pearl he holds in hand on tantric representations and his name, which sometimes appears on lottery tickets, in Hong Kong for example.
Here is his full sutra for anyone who wants to read it

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