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TANKEI (1173 - 1256), Sculptor

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913
TANKEI (1173 - 1256), Sculptor

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Japanese, 13th century, male.

Born 1173; died 1256.


The son of the sculptor Unkei (d. 1223), Tankei inherited his father’s style and developed it at the Kei School in Nara and at Kyoto. As head of the Shichijo Bussho studio, he worked on a large number of projects; these generally show the influence of Chinese Song dynasty art, a new departure from the time of Unkei. But his

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