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date: 23 October 2019

Ami familylocked

  • Masatomo Kawai
  •  and Brenda G. Jordan


Japanese school of ink painting (suibokuga; see Japan, §VI, 4, (iii)) active during the Muromachi period (1333–1568). The school is represented by the San’ami (‘three Ami’), (1) Shinnō Nōami, his son (2) Shingei Geiami and grandson (3) Shinsō Sōami. The Ami held the post of karamono bugyō (‘administrator of Chinese things’) to the Ashikaga family shoguns, i.e. curator of their collection of Chinese artworks, and were dōbōshū (‘comrades’; advisers on artistic matters).

I. Tanaka: Shūbun tara Sesshūe [Shubūn to Sesshū], xii of Nihon no bijutsu [Arts of Japan], ed. K. Kamei, S. Takahashi and I. Tanaka (Tokyo, 1964–9); trans. B. Darling as Japanese Ink Painting: Shubūn to Sesshū (New York, 1972, rev. Tokyo, 1980), xii of Heibonsha Surv. Jap. Art (Tokyo, 1972–80) I. Tanaka and Y. Yonezawa: Suibokuga [Ink painting] (Tokyo, 1970), xi of Genshoku Nihon no bijutsu [Arts of Japan in full colour], ed. T. Akiyama...

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