The figure of Jizo is a compassionate one that originated in Japan in the seventh century. He is a Bodhisattva who works to protects the grieving and those who have died, offering unconditional love and tenderness to those who are suffering. He also protects animals, travelers and the lost He embodies supreme spiritual optimism, compassion, and universal salvation, even to the unborn. This figure holds an infant hidden in the folds of his robe, as he is said to be sneaking the baby into salvation. It is very comforting to hold and has a satisfying heft. The kits, designed by Seed and Flame LLC, are copyrighted and registered with the Library of Congress. 64 oz.