Have Netsuke, Will Travel
Published by Kodansha on October 10, 2008
This book features 142 selected netsuke from H.I.H. Princess Takamado collection with photographs and text by Her Highness. The text is in Japanese and English languages, and the English is not a translation but written by herself.
Cover, H.I.H. Princess Hisako of Takamado (c) 2008
Posted on November 26, 2008. Updated on May 29, 2011.
Kiho Takagi: Masterpieces of Netsuke and Ojime
by Robert O. Kinsey
Book cover, Robert O. Kinsey (c) 2006
Posted on May 30, 2006
The Poetry of Netsuke
by Robert O. Kinsey
Book cover, Robert O. Kinsey (c) 2004
Posted on October 4, 2004
Netsuke - The Tokyo Meiko Kagami
[Tokyo Living Masters List]
by Shingo Yamaguchi
Comprised of the career records and participations in exhibitions of 317 craftsmen of various fields, Tokyo Meiko Kagami [Tokyo Living Masters List] was originally compiled by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and published in December 1879. This is an edited reproduction of the publication covering 50 ivory and horn carvers. This is a valuable source of information on master carvers active in the late Edo through Meiji periods.
Cover, Shingo Yamaguchi (c) 2004
Posted on May 29, 2004
Inro Shita-e Design Drawings from Japanese Lacquer Workshop
by Else Kress and Heinz Kress
The richly illustrated book presents a comprehensive overview of inro bearing the signatures of the Edo period lacquer masters YAMADA JOKA(SAI) and his follower HASEGAWA SHIGEYOSHI KYORINSAI, demonstrating many stylistic and technical similarities between works by JOKASAI, HASEGAWA, and KANSHOSAI TOYO. Actual works by YAMADA JOKA(SAI) or his pupils and followers are placed here beside their matching original design drawings and other design sources, in addition to a previously unpublished design album mostly used by JOKASAI and HASEGAWA. Two specialised inro shops are shown, reproduced from a travelling guide for Kyoto published in 1665, a second-hand shop in the year 1690 offers inro ensembles, complete with ojime, netsuke and decorative cloth pouch. Also the contents of inro, such as pills and seals are shown.
Please send 90 Euros (postage included in this price) in cash in an envelope to Mr. Kress at the following address:
Illustrations, Else Kress and Heinz Kress (c) 2003
The Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists
by Robert E. Haynes
Based on the author's 40 years of intensive research in and outside of Japan, this three-volume work comprises of more than 12000 entries and over 5000 seals of artists of Japanese sword fittings and other metal objects. This publication comes in handy when you study makers of kagamibuta (metal plate for netsuke), ojime, and metal clasps for tobacco pouches as well.
Posted on November 18, 2003. Updated on October 3, 2006.
by Julia Hutt
Book cover, The Board of Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum (c) 2003
Posted on December 7, 2003
Contemporary Netsuke: The H.I.H. Prince Takamado Collection
by His Imperial Highness Prince Norihito Takamado
Cover, Takamadonomiya Hisako (c) 2003
Posted on June 10, 2003
by Julia Hutt
Book cover, The Board of Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum (c) 1997
Mikaeri Nippon [Modern Expressions of Japanese Traditional Crafts]
by Dank Co., Ltd.
This "cool" book features artists and shops that produce traditional crafts with modern sense, such as indigo-blue T-shirts with Japanese traditional patterns. The book has a section on netsuke, dealing with goblin netsuke (made of special resin) which was very popular among Japanese young people in recent years; brief history of netsuke; and contemporary artist Mukaida Yoka.
Cover, Dank Co., Ltd. (c) 2002
Posted on October 8, 2002, revised on October 20, 2005
The Inro of the Ryukyus: Lacquered Medicine Containers
by Else and Heinz Kress, and Josef Kreiner
This unique catalog comprises of over 100 inro from Ryukyu (present Okinawa islands). It is a valuable source of information and color illustrations of those exotic Ryukyu inro.
Book cover, Else and Heinz Kress, and Josef Kreiner (c) 2002
Posted on August 3, 2002
Takarabukuro (Treasure Bag)
US$85.00. Available through Paragon Book Gallery.
Book cover, Frances Bushell (c) 2001
Posted on January 26, 2002
Netsuke: Modern Masterpieces
by Masayoshi Yamada
Price: 20,600 yen (excluding shipping cost).Book cover, Masayoshi Yamada (c) 1989
Posted on January 11, 2002
Miniature Masterpieces, The Storytelling Art of Japanese Inro: Selected Objects from the Collection of Joseph Kurstin
by Joseph Kurstin
Book cover, Joseph Kurstin (c) 1999
Posted on September 29, 2001
Jimeikin Karakuri Ningyo: Edo Shokunin Kitan
[Music Box with Automaton: Stories of Edo Craftsmen]
by Sae Shuichi
by Guenther Heckmann
Offered as the following sets:
Netsuke no Shizuku
by Nihon Netsuke Kenkyukai [Japan Netsuke Society]
Book cover, Nihon Netsuke Kenkyukai (c) 2000
Updated on December 3, 2007
Netsuke: Familiar and Unfamiliar
by Raymond Bushell
US$75.00. Available through Paragon Book Gallery.
The Ultimate Netsuke Bibliography
by Norman L. Sandfield
Paragon Book Gallery, Inc.
Cover, Norman L. Sandfield (c) 1999
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