Japanese Netsuke

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Harry N. Abrams, Aug 12, 2003 - Design - 112 pages
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Drawing on the Victoria and Albert Museum's fine collection, Japanese Netsuke examines these appealing, accessible, and often humorous works of art in the broadest possible context. In a text that is both comprehensive and entertaining, Julia Hutt traces the history of netsuke, showing how these highly collectible objects originated from belt hangings used by nomads along the Silk Road. The stunning color photographs reveal the full range of subjects portrayed--images of animals, birds, and sea creatures, portraits of dancers and demons, droll cameos of characters from everyday urban life, even a rare poetic evocation of landscape--and the high level of skill involved in their creation. The richness and diversity of the materials used, as well as the different sources of inspiration, are also discussed, providing an indispensable guide for collectors and all those interested in Japanese decorative arts.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
6
Origins and Early Development of Netsuke
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Function and Forms of Netsuke
26
Copyright

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Julia Hutt studied Chinese art and archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is assistant curator in the Far Eastern Department of the V&A, with responsibility for Japanese lacquerwork, inro, and netsuke.

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