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[soo-mee-e] /ˈsu miˈɛ/
noun, plural sumi-e. Japanese.
(in fine arts) a monochrome painting executed in ink: Zen painters were masters of sumi-e. Unabridged
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Japanese monochrome ink painting, a technique first developed in China during the Sung dynasty (960-1274) and taken to Japan by Zen Buddhist monks in the mid-14th century. Although generally content to copy Chinese models, early Japanese artists also excelled in the field of portraiture and figure painting. Suiboku-ga reached its height in the Muromachi period (1338-1573) with such masters as Sesshu Toyo, whose landscapes were uniquely Japanese, and Sesson Shukei, who worked in the far northeast of Japan.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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