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This beautiful book offers a striking and unusual view of the wide array of Japanese art. It highlights - close up and in colour - outstanding examples of design and craft in prints, paintings and screens, metalwork, ceramics, wood, stone and lacquer. The book opens with an introduction asking 'What is Japanese art?' This is followed by a series of thematic chapters in which the author provides cultural context while pointing out exceptional features. By showing the complete object alongside enlarged details - sometimes virtually invisible to the naked eye - intriguing comparisons can be drawn between seemingly unrelated pieces. The selection of illustrations evokes the hand and eye of the most accomplished Japanese craftsmen and women past and present. This book will provide endless creative inspiration.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714124278
ISBN-10: 0714124273
Format: Hardback
(215mm x 215mm x mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Reeve

John Reeve was Head of Education at the British Museum for many years and is now an international consultant on education in museums and an outside examiner on museology courses. He is the author of Living Arts of Japan and the British Museum Visitor's Guide.

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