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UNKEI (1151 - 1223), Sculptor

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913
UNKEI (1151 - 1223), Sculptor

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Japanese, 12th – 13th century, male.

Born 1151, in Kyoto; died 11 December 1223.


Little is known of Unkei’s life. He was apparently born in Kyoto, the son of the sculptor Kobei, himself a fifth-generation descendant of the famous sculptor Jocho (d. 1057), who had founded the Shichijo Bussho (Seventh Road School). Succeeding Kobei at the head of the school, surrounded by assistants as gifted as Kaikei,

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