This is a replica of the original statue at Shorinji temple. The original standing statue of the 11-faced Kannon (wood core, dry lacquer), a designated national treasure from the Nara period, is thought to have been made at the workshop of Todaiji Temple at the behest of King Chinu, grandson of Emperor Tenmu. The well-balanced body and ample face, the beauty of the voluminous robe worn over the top part of the body, and the subtlety of form shown by the fingers all attest to the beauty of this sculpture, which has even been compared to the Venus de Milo. A superb example of Buddhist sculpture, it also captivated Ernest F. Fenollosa, a great advocate for Japanese art. This beautiful masterpiece, said to be the highest peak of the Tenpyo Buddhas, has been faithfully reproduced in wood. Out of the prototype stage was born a high-quality reproduction, praised by the chief priest of Shorinji Temple, Myoka Kuramoto, who complimented its fine workmanship. This item is supplied in a paulownia box autographed by the chief priest, something which we can all appreciate.