Statue of Prince Shōtoku
Heian Period: end of 8th - late 12th c.
Two narrow buildings, the West Quarters (Nish Muro) and the East Quarters (Higashi Muro) run north-south along the outside of the western and the eastern portions of the Cloister-Gallery. These structures are still called sōbō, or monks' dwellings, although monks no longer live there. The southern extreme of the East Quarters was converted into the Hall of Prince Shōtoku's Soul during the Kamakura Period, when the worship of Prince Shōtoku was at its peak, in order to enshrine a Heian-period statue of the prince