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Japanese, 8th century, male.

Died 774.

Sculptor.

Late Nara (Tempyo Period 710-794).

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Japanese, 7th century, male.

Active at the beginning of the 7th century.

Sculptor.

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Japanese, 8th century, male.

Sculptor.

Shogun Mampuku, whose name suggests that he was a naturalised Japanese, was a sculptor of the Nara period. He was involved in producing statues for the western kondo (golden hall) of the Kofuku-ji, Nara, which was built on the demand of the empress Komyo in 734. Although the building and its sculptures have disappeared, it may be assumed that Shogun Mampuku’s style is recalled in some of the works that do survive in the Kofuku-ji, the ...

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Tori  

Japanese, 7th century, male.

Active in the first half of the 7th century.

Of a family believed to have come from China in the 6th century and to have settled in Japan.

Sculptor.

The name Tori has gone down in history as the artist who made such a magnificant beginning to seven centuries of Buddhist sculpture in Japan. Little is known of his life. He is supposed to have been the grandson of Shiba Tatsuto (or Tatto, Tachito), a Chinese who had emigrated to Japan in 522, although sources disagree on this point, while his father, Kuratsukuribe no Tasuma (or Tasuna), is said to have carved religious images and to have taken Buddhist orders towards the end of the 6th century. Some historians, indeed, go so far as to consign Tori to legend, and the point needs to be mentioned simply because of the complexity of deciphering the texts. But to date no one has succeeded in bringing forward evidence strong and convincing enough to deny his historical existence and refuse him his place as the originator of the style that bears his name....

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Japanese, 7th century, male.

Sculptor.

Yamaguchi no Oguchi no Atai was a member of the Aya tribe of Chinese emigrants who became Japanese in the first half of the 7th century. He is recorded in the Chronicles of Japan ( Nihonshoki) (the first official Japanese records, published in 720) as having carved 1,000 Buddhas in 650 by imperial order during the reign of Emperor Kotoku. He may also have made the ...

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Chinese, 8th century, male.

Active in Chang’an during the Tang dynasty in the first half of the 8th century.

Painter, sculptor. Murals.

Yang Huizhi sculpted clay landscapes and Buddhist figures, and painted frescoes.