This statue was carved from a cypress wood (hinoki) which was dyed in a red color to imitate sandalwood. The robe was decorated with cut gold leaf. The influence of Chinese Song dynasty can be seen on a decorative hair style and a draping robe. This statue was originally the principal image of Zōkezō-in in Shitennō-ji Temple, Osaka Prefecture. The various objects including sutra were deposited in the hollow of the statue.
Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.141, no.134.