[A] tremendous book ... with wit and scholarship and vivid photography. It is the best alternative possible to having them in your hands.
    Edmund de Waal - author of The Hare With Amber Eyes

    The British Museum, which holds more than 2,300 netsuke in its collection, has just published a guide to 100 of the finest of these miniature masterpieces by Noriko Tsuchiya, a curator who specializes in Japanese decorative arts.
    Wall Street Journal

    The book also features 99 other netsuke, all exquisite and many funny or quirky (and, in one case, rather naughty). In short, all human life is here – in miniature.
    Eastern Daily Press

    A miniature treat.
    Apollo magazine

    Netsuke: 100 miniature masterpieces from Japan

    SKU: cmc24810

    £14.99 Members' price *


    A book exploring netsuke - the small carved toggles used to fasten a man’s sash and an integral part of Japanese costume.

    Today netsuke are considered an art form in their own right and are prized by collectors around the world. They are found in a variety of forms; including human figures, ghosts, animals, botanical subjects and masks. Skillfully worked, these miniature carvings are of great artistic value, but they also provide a window into Japanese culture and society.

    This book brings together one hundred of the most beautiful and interesting netsuke from the collection of the British Museum, each of which has its own charm and story to tell.

    Uncovering the stories behind these netsuke and coupling them with stunning new photography, this book reveals why these tiny objects have captivated so many, the meaning they have held for those who wore them, and what they can tell us about Japanese everyday life.

    An intriguing insight into Japanese culture and society.


    Noriko Tsuchiya is a project curator specialising in netsuke at the British Museum. With the help of external experts, she has recently examined all of the netsuke in the British Museum’s collection and identified the top 100 netsuke for inclusion in this book.


    Product code: cmc24810
    Exhibition: Netsuke
    World culture: Japan
    Title: INetsuke
    Subtitle: 100 miniature masterpieces from Japan
    Author: Noriko Tsuchiya
    ISBN: 9780714124810
    Format: Paperback with flaps
    Number of pages: 224 pages
    Size: 19cm x 19cm
    llustrations: 200 colour illustrations
    Publication date: July 2014
    Weight: 0.638kg
    Standard UK delivery: 5 working days. Overseas times may vary

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