Artistic Japan; Illustrations and Essays Volume 5

Artistic Japan; Illustrations and Essays Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...A few treasures are still to be discovered, though with more difficulty than formerly; the supply of really good ones must be exhausted soon; they are not made now-a-days, never can or will be again. They were the fruits of the pre-market era when export trade in art work with the namban (southern barbarians), the rare Portuguese and Dutch merchants, was mainly confined to the special sort of lacquer beloved of Marie Antoinette and a few other cognoscenti. Ivory carvings reach us in plenty, but they are mere okimonos, delicate, skilful, artistic in a way, as the work of descendants of the men who inherit a tradition of fine carving could scarcely fail to be; but the real netsuke, first and essentially an article of dress, "A thing of beauty and a joy for ever" only in a secondary and subsidiary sense--these the dainty hands of the artist craftsman of Dai Nippon will never fashion more. DESCRIPTION OF PLATES. Plate BEC is a print by Outamaro. A young nobleman--he wears two swords--comes to pay a visit in full ceremonial dress. Woven in the stuff of this dress--very sober in line and colour as is usual with men's dresses--is the flower of the Paulownia, a crest or mon indicating relationship with the Imperial family. The mon is of universal use in Japan, and there is no need to be of noble birth to adopt for oneself and one's family some of this kind of armorial bearings. Everything made for the use of a great family--stuffs, bronze vases, sword-handles and scabbards, all are marked with the mon. Our visitor has prostrated himself most politely and proceeds to go through the deep and ceremonious salutations which among people of good breeding must precede all conversation. The scene is laid at the threshold of a house, on a verandah, more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236594592
  • 9781236594594