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Netsuke -100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan

Netsuke -100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan

Netsuke -100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan


On Thursday Max will give a talk at the Swedenborg Society as part of an event co-hosted by The British Museum and The Japan Society. It is being held to coincide with the publication by the British Museum of a new book, Netsuke: 100 miniature masterpieces from Japan. Authored by project curator Noriko Tsuchiya, the book explores a group of netsuke from the British Museum’s 2,300 strong collection. An initial selection of 178 netsuke was narrowed down by Rosemary Bandini, Sem Djelal, Noriko Tsuchiya and Max. Following a further reduction to the 100 netsuke that would make it into the book, Max continued to assist Noriko in editing the entries for publication. The result is an instructive overview of netsuke and a fascinating insight into Japanese culture and society.

This tremendous book brings one of the world’s greatest collections of netsuke to life. It reveals their artistry and their vitality 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 specialises 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 


For more information on the talk and to buy tickets please visit the events page on The Japan Society’s official website.

To purchase Netsuke: 100 miniature masterpieces from Japan, by Noriko Tsuchiya, visit the British Museum’s online shop.

Click here to view a short video lecture by Noriko Tsuchiya, explaining the history of netsuke at the British Museum.



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