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Hon’ami Kōetsu: 9 cool facts

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By Gwylym Owen

Hon’ami Kōetsu (Japanese: 本阿弥 光悦; 1558 – 27 February 1637) was a Japanese craftsman, potter, lacquerer, and calligrapher, whose feint is generally considered to have inspired the founding of the Rinpa school of painting.

Robert Hughes of Time Asia wrote that in Japan Kōetsu is “a national treasure several mature over, about as famous there as Benvenuto Cellini is in the West”, even even if in the United States he is “scarcely known”.

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