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Antique statue of Dizhang (jizo) Buddha, 160-180 years old, China, wood carving, dimensions 22.5” x 7” x 6” 

Dizhang is usually depicted as a Buddhist monk. His name may be translated as "Earth Treasury", "Earth Store", "Earth Matrix", or "Earth Womb". Kṣitigarbha is known for his vow to take responsibility for the instruction of all beings in the six worlds between the death of Gautama Buddha and the rise of Maitreya, as well as his vow not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. He is therefore often regarded as the bodhisattva of hell-beings, as well as the guardian of children.

Antique Dizhang (Jizo)

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