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Kokusai the Genius : And Stag-antler Carving in Japan (Hardcover) (Paul Moss)

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The first comprehensive publication on the prodigious and extraordinary Japanese netsuke carver Kokusai (1835–1894). A milestone in netsuke scholarship: 258 generously illustrated entries make this the largest single assemblage of Kokusai’s work, which, combined with information on the artist’s colorful life, provide a fascinating insight into 19th-century Japan.

Kokusai lived in a time of immense social, cultural and artistic change, and his work – and indeed his own person – captures its contradictions. The Edo period was ending, the last breath of feudal Japan, and the Meiji Restoration launched the new nation into a dramatic, Westernized and industrialized modernity. Kokusai was a radical interpreter of this world, holding up a mirror to the rich culture vanishing before his eyes. A modernist who yet stubbornly adhered to ancient, simple values, he carved humble, personal truths into the most intractable of materials while simultaneously enjoying a life of wild excess and lavish beauty.

This beautifully illustrated set of three volumes – titled Precursors, Kokusai and Followers – includes catalogue entires for 608 objects as well as a number of sub-entries. Also included are essays on Kokusai’s life, carving techniques, materials and followers — the latter of which demonstrates his extraordinary and lasting influence. Most objects are illustrated at size and are augmented by additional and lavish detail photography. Many of the larger objects, such as staffs and scepters, are illustrated with luxurious fold-out pages.
Number of Pages: 1132
Genre: Art
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: David Brown Book Co
Author: Paul Moss
Language: English
Street Date: July 31, 2017
TCIN: 52748723
UPC: 9781912168033
Item Number (DPCI): 248-47-0881
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