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The Staff of Jizo Bosatsu
The Staff of Jizo Bosatsu
Cypress, bronze, mahogany

Jizo Bosatsu was a Japanese monk, often considered to be the personification of compassion and depicted a great deal in medieval Japanese sculpture. He carried a staff that jingled as he walked in order to scare birds, insects, and rodents out of his path so he wouldn't step on them. This Jizo holds his staff and a small field mouse, but is also watched by a medieval lion, who is probably a friend.

Photo by John Greenwell