UNKEI - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

"UNKEI - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture"

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries  September 26, 2017 (Tue) - November 26, 2017 (Sun)

Standing Mujaku Bosatsu (Asanga Bodhisattva), By Unkei, Kamakura period, ca. 1212 (Kenryaku 2), Kohfukuji, Nara (National Tresure) Photo: Tomohiro Muda

In Japan, no Buddhist sculptor is better known than Unkei. With his extraordinary artistic talent, he led a new era in sculptural expression, creating realistic works that appear before the viewer as though they were alive. For this Special Exhibition, Unkei’s masterpieces have been brought together from across Japan. These include works from Kohfukuji temple in Nara, with which he had close relations. In addition to presenting an overview of Unkei’s life as a sculptor, the origins of Unkei’s remarkable style and its transmission will also be explored through the inclusion of works by his father, Kokei, as well as his sons, Tankei and Koben.

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