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Netsuke Masks

Bushell, Raymond

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ISBN 10: 0870117106 / ISBN 13: 9780870117107
Published by Kodansha International, Ltd., Tokyo, 1985
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Red cloth hardback has white to spine and blindstamping to front cover. Contains two sections of full color plates with black and white section of Quasi Masks; lists of Signatures, Inscriptions, Kakihan, and Masks; Glossary; Bibliography and Index. Dark khaki colored end papers with bookseller sticker but no other marks. Binding is tight with no wear and appears unread. Slipcase has very light rubbing but no other wear. Digital photos available. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 206 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 939

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Title: Netsuke Masks

Publisher: Kodansha International, Ltd., Tokyo

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

Netsuke are small toggles or buckles carved from wood or ivory. The Japanese in the seventeenth century used them to fasten pouches to their kimono belt, since kimonos had no pockets. This lavishly illustrated book takes the reader on an exciting tour of one type of netsuke—those carved to look like the masks used by stage actors.

About the Author:

Raymond Bushell, attorney, collector, and netsuke authority, is known to netsuke collectors for his adaptation into English of The Netsuke Handbook of Ueda Reikichi, an important work on the subject. He is the author of The Wonderful World of Netsuke, An Introduction to Netsuke, Netsuke Familiar and Unfamiliar, The Inro Handbook, The Art of Netsuke Carving, and Collectors' Netsuke. He is also a frequent contributor of articles to Arts of Asia, The Journal of International Netsuke Collectors, and The Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal. He arrived in Japan with the American occupation forces in 1945 and lived there until 1990 practicing law, collecting, and studying netsuke, inro, and sword furnishings.

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