Raijô was a sculptor of Buddhist images to whom the Kei school of sculptors traced its roots.
A disciple of a disciple of Jôchô, Raijô came to Nara from Kyoto in 1096 to help repair and replace sculptures at the Kôfukuji damaged or destroyed in a fire. Afterward, he and members of his studio remained in Nara rather than return to Kyoto.
The connections between Raijô and Kôkei, founder of the Kei school, who was active roughly a century later, are unclear, but the school nevertheless claimed him (i.e. his style) as strongly connected to, or of great importance to, their origin.
- Morse, Samuel C. "Revealing the Unseen: The Master Sculptor Unkei and the Meaning of Dedicatory Objects in Kamakura-Period Sculpture." Impressions 31 (2010). p26.
- Mason, Penelope. History of Japanese Art. Second Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005. p188.