This standing bodhisattva is distinguished by his high octagonal crown and the gesture he makes by holding his palms together in front of his chest. Most likely he was one of two bodhisattvas that were part of a triad with the buddha Amitabha (Japanese: Amida) modeled on the famous Zenkoji set at Zenkoji, a rather remote temple located in the mountains in Nagano prefecture. From the twelfth century on, the temple taught Pure Land Buddhism and prospered under the government's patronage. The temple's principal sculptures, this Amida triad became known throughout Japan. Many sculptures were modeled on them and were known as Zenkoji-style Amida triads.