Netsuke, the carved toggles used to fasten a small container to a kimo sash, made from ivory, wood, porcelain,and more, are among the most popular Asian antiques. Over 970 vivid images of netsuke are shown, representing Japanese life, customs, religion, professions, art, history, and legends. The netsukes are organized by subject, allowing readers to rapidly find those that interest them most. The succinct text introduces, defines, and describes the various types of netsukes and helps identify the subjects represented. Additionally, important evaluating tips are provided, along with a bibliography. This book is a must for anyone interested in Oriental art.
Mircea Veleanu is well known for his art-reference books focused on Oriental arts. He has been collecting Asian art for over forty years. He calls New York state home.