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Kaikei

Hiromichi Soejima

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T045486

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[An Amida Butsu]

(fl Nara area, 1183–1223).

Japanese sculptor. He is associated with the Kei school of Buddhist sculpture and is thought to have been a disciple of Kōkei. The first reference to Kaikei occurs in the Lotus Sutra (Jap. Hokkekyō or Myōhō renge kyō; 1183; Ueno priv. col.), transcribed by Unkei and others, in which he is recorded receiving a kechien (establishing a tie with Buddha, in order to be entitled to his benefits). It is believed that he sculpted the Miroku (Skt Maitreya) for the temple of Kōfukuji in Nara (see Nara, §III, 7) in 1189 (Boston, MA, Mus. F.A.). In 1192 he made a wooden image of the Miroku for Daigoji in Kyoto (in situ; see Kyoto, §IV, 3, (i)). From then on, until he was received into the official priesthood (sōgō), he usually went by his artist’s name (), An Amida Butsu.

In 1194 he carved the wooden ...

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Subjects: Sculpture and Carving ; Religious Art ; Buddhist Art ; East Asian Art

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