Wonderful World of Netsuke: With One Hundred Masterpieces of Miniature Sculpture in Color by Raymond Bushell
English | August 28th, 2012 | ASIN: B0092XAKQA, ISBN: 0804820228 | 73 pages | PDF | 19.24 MB
These tiny masterpieces of sculpture (mostly in ivory and wood), of lacquer, and of metalwork captivated collectors with the charm of their conception, the intricacy of their detail, and the sheer tactile pleasure of handling them. Basically they were utilitarian in purpose, serving as toggles or pendants to support medicine boxes, tobacco pouches, and similar articles suspended by a cord from the obi. Originally primitive in design, they soon became more and more sophisticated, and their makers turned increasingly to the legendry of Japan for their subject matter.