The Japanese netsuke is a thing of wonder: a utilitarian accessory to traditional Japanese dress that has become an art form in itself, prized by collectors from East to West.
The V&A's collection of netsuke is world-famous, and this stunning book draws on its many highlights to explore the origins of netsuke and to trace the sources of their designs in prints, paintings and woodblock-printed books.
It records the evolution of materials and techniques and the patterns of craftsmanship, in a text that is both accessible and comprehensive, and is illustrated with some of the very finest examples of netsuke.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 112 pages, 125 colour illustrations
- Publisher: V & A Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/07/2012
- Category: Oriental art
- ISBN: 9781851777020