Bodhisattvas are deities who, unlike Buddhas, forgo Nirvana until that time when all sentient beings shall have attained enlightenment. Of these, Guanyin became the most popular as the deity of mercy and compassion, answering prayers and protecting the faithful from catastrophe. The body and base of ‘Guanyin of the Southern Sea’ (Apart from the right forearm), were carved from the trunk of a single tree.
Naraen Kongo (Nio Guardians) : Sanjusangendo temple, Kyoto, Japan
奈良『新薬師寺』 十二神将立像 伐折羅大将 Statue of Vajra, Shinyakushiji Temple, Nara, Japan
Tamon-ten (Vaisravana) , Color on wood, Late-Heian Period (11th Century) National Treasure (Joruri-ji Temple, Kyoto) , Kyoto National Museum. This and three other sculptures form a set of four guardian deities that has been long been kept in the Hall of Nine Amidas of Joruri-ji Temple. As these guardians are slightly too large for the hall, it is assumed that they were originally made for another hall.