Tokyo: Tokyo National Museum, 2017. 9 x 12", vi, 315 pp., 37 select items illustrated in color, some fold outs, some with multiple views, a large number of b/w illustrations, text in Japanese, foreword and list of works in English, paper, Tokyo, 2017. Item #45300
Unkei was the creator of numerous realistic and commanding Buddhist sculptures during the turbulent period of transition between the Heian and Kamakura periods.
This exhibition is the largest-scale exhibition ever to focus on the sculptures of Unkei. It brings together the full range of his works from the Dainichi Nyorai figure for Enjoji temple, made in 1176, when he is believed to have been in his mid-20s, to the Seated Daiitoku Myo'o of Komyoin that was produced late in his life in 1216. In addition, this exhibition traces the path that led to the formulation of Unkei's distinctive personal style and its later impact through the works of three generations of artists, from his father Kokei to his sons Tankei and Koben.
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