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(b Nara region, 1151; d ?1223).
  • Hiromichi Soejima


Japanese sculptor. He was the son of Kōkei and a member of the Kei school of sculptors that flourished in the Kamakura period (1185–1333; see Japan, §V, 3, (iv)). Unkei was the foremost exponent of a new sculptural style of the period. His earliest important work was the wooden statue of the ...

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U. Thieme and F. Becker, eds: Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, 37 vols (Leipzig, 1907–50) [see also Meissner above]
Enciclopedia universale dell’arte, 15 vols (Rome, 1958–67); Eng. trans. as Encyclopedia of World Art (New York, 1959–68)