Title: An Introduction to Netsuke
Publisher: Tuttle Pub, Vermont
Publication Date: 1971
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good to Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Printing.
Inscribed and autographed by author. Bookseller Inventory # 00033115
Synopsis: Netsuke artists have carved an imperishable niche for themselves in the hearts of collectors and connoisseurs everywhere. Among the many Japanese objets d'art, few have aroused greater admiration than the netsuke. This miniature piece of Japanese sculpture, approximately 1 1/2 inches in size, was designed (in the absence of pockets on kimonos) as an aid in suspending articles such as tobacco pouches from the sash of a kimono. It developed in ancient times as a utilitarian object, but became in the 16th century an artistic one a well, and flourished as such until 1926. No longer commonly worn, the netsuke is now a collector's item, avidly sought throughout the world by those sensitive to its fine quality. This book open the miniature world of netsuke to those who have hitherto been unaware of its existence. In a delightfully lucid manner, the basics of the netsuke are presented- definition, origin, development, materials, statistics, and photographs. This book admirably fulfills its task of introducing the netsuke to the layman, irresistibly drawing him to new pleasures in aestheticism and culture. ---- Author Raymond Bushell first arrived in Japan in 1945 and has practiced law in Tokyo since 1949. He has long been a connoisseur and collector of netsuke. He has written several books on the subject.
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