Kongorikishi or Nio (guardian king wood sculpture) carved in 711 at the gate of the Horyu-ji temple, Nara, Japan.  Kongorikishi are usually a pair of figures that stand under a separate temple entrance gate usually called Niomon. The right statue is called Naraen Kongo and has his mouth open, representing the vocalization of the first grapheme of Sanskrit Devanagari.
Kongorikishi or Nio (guardian king wood sculpture) carved in 711 at the gate of the Horyu-ji temple, Nara, Japan. Kongorikishi are usually a pair of figures that stand under a separate temple entrance gate usually called Niomon. The right statue is called Naraen Kongo and has his mouth open, representing the vocalization of the first grapheme of Sanskrit Devanagari.