Shorinji houses a Juichimen Kannon statue that has ten faces on the top of its main face. This sculpture came to be known to the world since Ernest Fenollosa praised highly it during his stay in Japan. Ernest Fenollosa was an professor of philosophy and political economy at Tokyo Imperial University. Fenollosa did much to preserve traditional Japanese art. The Juichimen Kannon statue is seen as a Tenpyo period masterpiece. It was designated as a national treasure.