JAPANESE NETSUKE a Rare illustrated Historical Book for Collectors 325 Pages Print or Read on Your iPad or Tablet Instant Download

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The Japanese netsuke form a miniature sketch ofJapan, her life, her manners, and her quaint customs, unfamiliar to our Western world.

The author offers, in all humility, this first attempt in the field of literature; a collection of data, references, and legends on the fascinating subject, with the hope that it will bring about a better understanding and appreciation of his subject to the new collector, and a deeper satisfaction in the possessions that he may have accumulated, to the seasoned collector.

Since the collection illustrated, with a few noted exceptions, is the property of the author, pains have been taken to choose as far as possible those representative of well-known legends, historical events, and phases of everyday life, rather than others of intrinsic merit which relate no particular story.


list of illustrations

1. netsuke 63
2. history 65
3. introduction of tobacco 73
4. carvers of netsuke 77
5. classification and design 81
6. materials 87
7. signatures 93
8. on the care of netsuke 97

catalogue of illustrations with legends 99
mythological, legendary and historical 101
daily life 147
animals 173
inanimate objects 213
masks 227
Gichner collection 241
Carnegie Museum collection 246


9. noh masks in miniature and their relation to the noh drama 265
10. noh dramas 271
Dojiji 271
Bugaku 272
Kabuki 274
Kagura 275
Takasago 276
Tosen 277
Hagoromo 278
legend of the Hakkenden (Tales of Eight Dogs) 278
legend of Obasuteyama 280
fans 282
crests 283
artists 285
artists whose works are portrayed 349
bibliography 347
index 351

This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Rare Books Recycled Series.

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