Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan

 
9780714124810: Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan

Netsuke have once again come to the fore in the popular imagination of the public. In part this is due to the phenomenal success of Edmund De Waals 2010 book, Hare with the Amber Eyes, which highlights a treasured netsuke collection that was challenged by war and the vicissitudes of time. Intricately carved from various materials including ivory, wood and metal, these small toggles served a practical purpose in Japan: a netsuke was used to fasten a mans sash, an integral part of Japanese costume. Up until the seventeenth century netsuke were relatively insignificant objects that were rarely of artistic interest, but as time passed they evolved in terms of both materials and workmanship, and were then used by men to flaunt their wealth or as an expression of status. Today netsuke are considered an art form in their own right and are prized by collectors around the world. They are found in a variety of forms and depict a wide range of subjects including figures of human and legendary form, ghosts, animals, botanical subjects and masks. Skilfully worked, these miniature carvings are of great artistic value, but they also provide a window into Japanese culture and society. This book brings together one hundred of the most beautiful and interesting netsuke from the extensive collection of the British Museum, each of which has its own special charm and story to tell. Uncovering the stories behind these netsuke and coupling them with stunning new photography, this book reveals why these tiny objects have captivated so many, the meaning they have held for those who wore them, and what they can tell us about Japanese everyday life.

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About the Author:

Noriko Tsuchiya is a curator specializing in netsuke and other Japanese decorative arts at the British Museum.

Review:

“This tremendous book brings one of the world's greatest collections of netsuke to life...with wit and scholarship and vivid photography.”
- Edmund de Waal

“Each netsuke is tiny enough to put in your pocket, and the book reveals their humble details up close, whether a quiet sleeping rat, or fantastic flailing dragon.”
- Hyperallergic

“A miniature treat.”
- Apollo magazine

Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan, recently published in an American edition, is true to its title: small in size, yet delightful.”
- Asian Review of Books

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Verlag: BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS Jun 2014 (2014)
ISBN 10: 0714124818 ISBN 13: 9780714124810
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Buchbeschreibung BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS Jun 2014, 2014. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Netsuke have once again come to the fore in the popular imagination of the public. This book brings together 100 hundred of the most beautiful and interesting Netsuke from the extensive collection of the British Museum and includes 200 colour illustrations. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780714124810

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