7288 A four-fold paper screen painted in ink and colour on a buff ground with six Jizo
Signed: San ju ni Katsuhiko ga (painting by 32 year-old Katsuhiko*)
Japan 20th century Heisei period *1972
Dimensions: H. 60¼” x W. 114¼” (152.5cm x 290cm)
Katsuhiko Sato (b.1940)
Born in Dalian, China and repatriated to Japan in 1947. He studied art at Tottori University. During his studies he became critically ill with tuberculosis and nearly lost his life. This traumatic experience led him to reassess the value of existence and the importance of joy in life. In 1963 he became an elementary art teacher at Tezukayama Gakuen School while continuing to paint and exhibit his work both in Japan and Europe. His idiosyncratic style combines painting and calligraphy inspired by Buddhist philosophy and tradition. Sato retired from teaching in 1986 and now lives and works in Nara, Japan.
Jizo Bosatsu, represented as a simple monk, has existed in Japan from the eighth century, becoming widely worshiped by the masses at the end of the Heian period with the rise of Pure Land (Amida) Buddhism. He is often shown, particularly in paintings, as an attendant of Amida. His powers include the saving of souls condemned to the various Buddhist hells, the intervention with Yama, the Master of Hell, on behalf of those reborn in each of the six realms of transmigration. He guards travelers safely on their way, protects warriors in battle, watches over the safety of families and aids women in pregnancy and childbirth.