The legend said that this statue was discovered in the sea of Tango region. The carving technique of the early Heian period can be seen on the stern face with connected eyebrows, as well as the thick and broad body structure. The scarf-like cloth (jōhaku) was draped widely which is rare to see, it leads a theory that this statue belongs to the Tendai sect.
Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.141, no.133.