Netsuke, decorative sash toggles worn by Japanese men, attracted the attention of the Europeans already in the 19th century.
Today these delightful art objects are coveted by collectors throughout the world. Netsuke motifs encompass mythical beings, vernacular deities, characters from legends and everyday life, foreigners, animals and plants. Consummate mastery of the carver's craft in a great variety of materials, among them wood, ivory, horn, coral, tortoiseshell and lacquer, distinguishes these miniature works of art. The masterpieces created by famous carvers like Yoshimura Shûzan (1700-1773) and Ohara Mitsuhiro (1810-1878) shaped aesthetic developments in this art medium. In this book, 112 selected objects from the Trumpf collection, one of the major netsuke collections in Europe and exhibited at the Linden-Museum Stuttgart from the 13th of April to the 19th of November 2000, are presented.
Published by Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt, Germany, 2000 - 1 st Edition - Volume 1
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