Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha Bodhisatva) is portrayed as a Buddhist monk, having a shaved head and wearing a simple monk's robe. Because he has several important functions, Jizo is one of two of most popular Bodhisattva in Japan after Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Jizo is an enlightened being revered primarily in East Asian Buddhism. The name means Earth Stone, the guardian deity of chidren and the patron saint of travelers. More formal images show him holding a monk's iron staff. In his other hand he's often portayed clutching the Flaming Jewel (symbol of Buddhist wisdom) to his chest. Dates from the late Edo early Meiji period ( 1603 - 1912 AD) and measures 24" tall x 10" wide x 6" thick. .