Japanese, 11th century, male.
Active during the first half of the 11th century.
Enkai was a Buddhist monk from Mount Shigi near Nara. He was one of the first sculptors to use the yosegi (joined-wood) style of carving, whereby monumental sculp- tures were made from several different blocks of wood that had been carved separately and then put together. Until that time, these large wooden figures had been carved using the ichiboku technique, meaning out of a single block of wood. Enkai’s famous seated statue of ...