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Mokubei real name: Gensa Aoki; Nicknames: Seirai, Yasohachi, Kiya Sahei; Pseudonyms: Kukurin, Mokubei, Robei, Kokikan, Teiunro, Hyakuroku Sanjinlocked

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Japanese, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1767, in Kyoto; died 1833, in Kyoto.

Painter, potter.

Mokubei was a potter as well as a painter and a lover of illuminated art. An aesthetic intellectual evolving within an intellectual elite steeped in Chinese culture, he was the elder son of a patron of a restaurant or brothel in Kyoto. He was attracted to the arts at a very young age and left his father’s household aged 15....

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