Nikko, the Sun Bodhisattva, with its enigmatic gaze, seems to radiate compassion. The flowing robes
and curving posture might have been influenced by Chinese Buddhist sculpture; however, the interplay
of the wood grain in this single block of yew, with the artist’s subtle carving, is a Japanese innovation.
Originally paired with the Moon Bodhisattva, this figure likely flanked a sculpture of Yakushi Nyorai,
the Healing Buddha.