Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan


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Japan has an extremely long and vibrant history of craft production, and the continuing dynamism and technical prowelss of Japanese craft artists working in a wide variety of media, is readily apparent today. 
Published to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum, this important book presents a selection of the most beautiful and significant art crafts to have been produced in Japan over the last fifty years. Fine porcelains with exquisite designs, fabulous kimonos, lacquer boxes with mother-of-pearl inlay, a hammered-silver vase, a box made from striped ebony wood, delicate dolls and crystal-glass - these are but a few of the exceptional pieces illustrated. they are also among the finest works submitted to the annual Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition since its inauguration in 1954 - an open, competitive exhibition that is a major showcase for modern crafts. 
Many of the artists featured are 'Living National Treasures': the holders of special craft skills, as designated by the Japanese government. Some of their works are traditional in form and function; others are infused with modern beauty. Today, many craft artists feel it is their duty to improve on the techniques inherited from previous generations and to apply to the creation of new works that meet the needs of a contemporary society - sublime objects for a new era. 
Edited by Nicole Rousmaniere 
Published by The British Museum Press
208 pages
Dimensions: closed book is 23 x 27.6, spine thickness 1.7cm

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Type: Publications

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