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Netsuke: Miniature Masterpieces

  • Thursday, July 03, 2014
  • 6:45 PM (EDT)
  • The Swedenborg Society, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH


Thursday 3 July 2014

The Swedenborg Society
20-21 Bloomsbury Way
London WC1A 2TH

Free - booking recommended
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Nearest underground station: Holborn
​Light refreshments will be provided

We are delighted to welcome Noriko Tsuchiya, author of a new British Museum publication Netsuke: 100 miniature masterpieces from Japan, and art dealer Max Rutherston to speak at this special event. They will discuss the history of netsuke, the small toggles intricately carved from various materials including ivory, wood and metal, and how they evolved from relatively insignificant objects to artistic treasures prized by collectors around the world. Uncovering the story of specific pieces and their individual and contextual significance, this talk will provide an insight into the world of netsuke from creation to collection.

To coincide with the publication of the book, between 19 June and 17 August the British Museum is holding aspecial exhibition of the finest pieces from its 2300-strong collection of netsuke, placing them in their original context as worn accessories.

Noriko Tsuchiya is a Project Curator at the British Museum. Together with external experts, she examined all the netsuke in the British Museum's collection and identified the top 100 for inclusion in this new publication.

Learn more about the book:

The International Netsuke Society is vehemently opposed to the trafficking, trade or commerce of illegal ivory, horn or any other illegal material. We support and comply with all international laws and regulations, including but not limited to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the Endangered Species Act, and the African Elephant Conservation Act.