Please join the NEW YORK chapter
at its next meeting:
Sunday, February 17, 2013 2:00 P.M.
1395 Second Avenue
(between 72nd and 73rd Streets)
New York, NY
Restaurant phone: 212-737-1838
We are very fortunate to have Dieuwke Eijer as our lecturer at our next meeting. Dieuwke will present a lecture on Common Western Misinterpretations of Some Images in Japanese Art . Her presentations are always very interesting and informative. Here is Diewke's description of her talk:
Japanese imagery in netsuke is not always easy to grasp. You have to be familiar with Japan's history, literature, heroes and villains, folklore, symbolism and even picture puzzles. There is too much to be able to know it all, and we rely on guides such as Koji Hoten, Legend in Japanese Art, Pointers and Clues, Animal in Far Eastern Art and auction catalogs. But are they always right? If we have a lot of time, we actually read these works carefully and can come to a reasonable interpretation of the images. In many cases - writing auction descriptions, for example - we are pressed for time and do not always consult the reference works or only do so cursorily. It is there that mistakes are made, and the bad thing is: Those mistakes are copied by others and repeated over and over. Finally, we believe that the mistaken interpretations are the correct ones. I have collected a random group of errors and confusions, and will try to show you what the images really represent.
If you have any netsuke would like to share with our group, please bring them to the meeting.
We will be having lunch at our meeting. Please bring cash for your food/drink.
RSVP to: Jeffrey Klotz firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you will join us there.