The Life of Animals in Japanese Art


by Robert T. Singer (Editor), Masatomo Kawai (Editor), Barbara R. Ambros (Contributor), Tom Hare (Contributor), Federico Marcon (Contributor)

A sweeping exploration of animals in Japanese art and culture across sixteen centuries

Few countries have devoted as much artistic energy to the depiction of animal life as Japan. Drawing upon the country’s unique spiritual heritage, rich literary traditions, and currents in popular culture, Japanese artists have long expressed admiration for animals in sculpture, painting, lacquerwork, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and woodblock prints. Real and fantastic creatures are meticulously and beautifully rendered, often with humor and whimsy. This beautiful book celebrates this diverse range of work, from ancient fifth-century clay sculpture to contemporary pieces.

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