This Yakushi nyorai (Skt. Bhaiṣajyaguru) has a round face with a gentle smile and plump body. The depiction of the lotus pedestal below the hem of the robe is a style frequently seen in examples from the High Tang. The influence of the Chinese type is evident here. The expression of the clinging robe, which calls to mind that of dry lacquer statues, is another special characteristic of this work.
Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.138, no.158.