The principal image of Buddha of Kairyuoji Temple. This statue was created by a sculptor of the Kei school in the Kamakura period, based on a statue of Juichimen Kannon which Empress Komyo carved by herself. Made of hinoki wood (Japanese cypress) painted with gold. Worn on its body are clothes such as Johaku, Ten-ne (Heavenly robe), Mo (Ancient skirt), Koshi-ginu (or Koshi-goromo, Underskirt). Its head is splendidly decorated with one piece each of Tenkandai (Crown of heaven), Kantai (Belt of crown) and two pieces of Suishoku (Ornament balls). Further, accessories such as Suishoku (Decorative ring) and Yo-raku (Necklace) are also delicately attached to the body, with Hisen and Wanken (two Bracelets) on the right arm. The statue’s garment is beautifully colored in bright red, niiro, green rust, ultramarine, etc., and on the surface of this colored layer, a variety of patterns such as Karakusa (Arabesque design) and Kohshi & Juji (Lattice & crisscross pattern) are expressed by using the traditional technique called Kirikane (Thin gold leaf). For the portion of borders, double-lined Kirikane is used extensively. Decoration of the head and the clothing accessories is quite exquisite. All of them were made of copper by openwork carving. Suishoku is composed of colored small glass balls and small pieces of ornament. It is recognized that this statue was made very carefully and elaborately: Proportion of the head and body, natural down cast of eyes and gentle movement of hands, shaping of the right foot ably corresponding to twist of the waist, all of them show the excellent drawing skill of the creator. In expressing patterns of the garment, the technique of Kirikane is dominant than coloring, and the technique of openwork is distinctive in the head ornaments. Thus, this statue is considered a most sophisticated representation of splendid design by a talented Buddhist sculptor in those days.