Notes on the Geography of Japan: Horyuji: Photo 22
The figure is the Buddha Yakushi (Sanskrit = Bhaishajyaguru), the "Healing Teacher," flanked here by attendants. Yakushi appears here because the temple was built to honor a vow from the emperor Yomei to build it if he recovered from an illness. He didn't, but his widow went ahead anyway.
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