Yakushi The next group of seven shrines, known as The Little Hiei group, is associated with Yakushi Nyorai. Ya ku shi The Yakushi statue holds a head of another Yakushi Nyorai statue in its bosom, though it is not showing. http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~QM9T-KNDU/kaizoji.htm Third, unlike images of Shaka, Yakushi usually (but not always) holds a sacred jewel or a jar of medicine in the left hand. In some traditions, the jar is said to contain a miraculous emerald that is capable of curing all sickness. Indeed, many of the Yakushi statues found throughout Japan were commissioned by sick people who were healed. http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/yakushi.shtml