Kaikei

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Kaikei, wood-colored Buddha
Kaikei, wooden bodhisattva statue with lacquer, gold, copper, and crystal

Kaikei (快慶?) was a Japanese Busshi (sculptor of Buddha statue) of Kamakura period, known alongside Unkei. Because many busshi of the school have a name including kei (慶), his school is called Kei-ha (Kei school). Kaikei being also called Annami-dabutsu, his style is called Anna-miyō (Anna style) and is known to be intelligent, pictorial and delicate. Most of his works have a height of about three shaku, and there are many of his works in existence.[1]


Primary work[edit]

  • Amitabha Triad in Jōdo-ji in Ono (1195) - National Treasure of Japan. Most important work. Height: 24.6 ft
  • Hachiman in Tōdai-ji (1201) - National Treasure of Japan.
  • Nio(Agyō) in Tōdai-ji (1203) - National Treasure of Japan. Joint production with Unkei and 13 assistant sculptors.
  • Mahamayuri in Kinpusen-ji (1200) - Important Cultural Property of Japan.
  • Maitreya in Sanbō-in (1192) - Important Cultural Property of Japan.
  • Vairocana in Ishiyama-dera (1194) - Important Cultural Property of Japan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kaikei Brief Bio". Retrieved 2012-04-30. 


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