Kingyo: The Artistry of Japanese Goldfish. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: DISCOVER THE CULT OF THE GOLDFISH THROUGH JAPANESE ART, DESIGN AND LITERATURE
Goldfish were originally brought to Japan from China in 1502, to be raised exclusively by aristocrats as highly prized pets. In the 1800s, however, they became popular among the general public, and ultimately a unique culture of breeders, collectors, and connoisseurs came into being. Packed with photographs, Kingyo: The Artistry of Japanese Goldfish offers a delightful visual tour of goldfish in Japanese art and design, together with a description of the goldfish breeds that have developed in Japan over hundreds of years of meticulous cultivation.
Included in the volume is a novella written in the 1930s titled A Riot of Goldfish which tells of the impossible love of a breeder's son for the daughter of a wealthy patron. As his love grows into an obsession, he attempts to create a goldfish that will capture and reflect her beauty. The story charmingly evokes life in Japan in the early twentieth century and sheds light on the aesthetics of goldfish appreciation.
The stunning visual materials presented here reveal the vast iconography of goldfish in the graphic and decorative arts of Japan, extending to textiles, ceramics, paintings, lacquer ware, toys, and even household items. This book will be an inspiration for designers, collectors, and anyone interested in Japanese art.
From the Publisher: DISCOVER THE CULT OF THE GOLDFISH THROUGH JAPANESE ART, DESIGN AND LITERATURE
Title: Kingyo: The Artistry of Japanese Goldfish
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Kodansha USA 2004-09-17, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. First American Editi. 4770023030 Your purchase benefits those with developmental disabilities to live a better quality of life. some wear on DJ wear /bending on some pages minimal stains on DJ BOOK IS SLIGHTLY BENT. Bookseller Inventory # 4297-032917-DR-003
Book Description Kodansha, Tokyo, 2004. First Edition. Softcover, very good with light wear only. Illustrated, 390 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 025155
Book Description Kodansha International, Tokyo, 2004. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First English Language Edition. Front of jacket has an irregular linear indentation of approx. 4cm (not coloured.just an impressed squiggle). Spine not creased. Minor foxing specks to top edge of page-block. Internally clean. 390pp Size: 150mm x 225mm. Bookseller Inventory # 017823
Book Description Kodansha America, Tokyo, 2004. Softcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First English Edition. 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 390 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2293
Book Description Kodansha USA, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P024770023030
Book Description Kodansha USA, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: Like New. Almost new condition. Bookseller Inventory # P014770023030
Book Description Kodansha USA, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P114770023030