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Shiawase Jizou
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

1000: Shiawase Jizo (Kuroiwa)

Six stone figures of Jizô, the Buddhist Patron of children and travellers, adopt their various poses under an enormous spreading cherry tree, decorated with a haiku which reads (in my rough translation):

As we are
That's all right then
Everything OK

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11043 (11-043 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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