|Mokuzo Yakushi Nyorai Oyobi Ryowakijizo
Early Heian Period (794- )
Each of the three figures is carved out of one piece of cherry wood. The
surface is coated with lacquer, over which gold leaf is applied. The central
figure in particular is characterized by depth in the head and body, broad
and fleshy shoulders, and protruding lower stomach.
A noble air is observed in his full, broad face, long and sharp eyes and
eyebrows, and tight, acutely carved mouth. The pleats of its fabric are
not formalized, but rather, expressed in free, flowing lines, which is
characteristic of a Heian Period style. The two flanking attendants are
made in the same style, but the folds on their garments repeat in a fairly
regular pattern, which is also a characteristic of this period. Their stands
and halos were added later.