A guide to Japanese art collections in the UK

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This publication is a comprehensive guide dealing specifically with important collections of publicly available Japanese art in the UK. It identifies the wide range of Japanese art collections nationwide, making them known and accessible to all those interested in Japan's unique art and culture. The guide contains cross-references in the index to town, county, type of holding, etc., and regional maps. Colour and black and white photographs of key objects from the collections are included

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About the author (2004)

Irvine is curator in the Far Eastern Department of the V&A, responsible for the collections of Japanese metalwork, particularly arms and armour. Formerly a curator in the Department of Japanese Antiquities of the British Museum, he joined the V&A in 1990 and began work on a database of the museum's extensive sword collection, collected since 1865. As well as extended periods of research into collections of swords and armour in Japan itself, his other research areas include the philosophies and social context behind the use of weaponry in Japan's historical period.

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