By Frieder Aichele, Gert Nagel
Initially the netsuke was once an item of application, worn proudly through its proprietor. this day it has turn into a desirable collector's merchandise, prized for its attractiveness, craft, complexity and--in an age of much less and no more room for storage--small scale.
Netsuke were worn in Japan for hundreds of years. a few of the older ones are fabulously pricey, out of achieve of such a lot collectors' skill, received up by way of museums around the world. thankfully, artists have persisted to do exceptional paintings in making netsuke, even though netsuke are actually seldom worn despite conventional eastern dress.
This learn examines outdated kinds and new. It offers an entire heritage; artists' names; fabrics used; and the subject material of netsuke. issues of specific curiosity are illustrated with 1000's of photos. this can be a thorough and compact consultant for collector, gourmand, or amateur.