Modern Ivory Netsuke is the first, fully-illustrated, art book celebrating the new trends in this traditional asian art form. After the elephant ivory embargo, and a long creative hiatus, asian artisans finally discovered the joy of carving in 10,000 year-old fossilized mammoth Ivory. From toggles for clothiing, to miniature works of art, Modern Ivory Netsuke chronicles, in words and pictures, the development of these exquisite and captivating figures, whose mythic, folkloric, cultural and everyday stories amuse and delight collectors all over the world.
Cynthia gives an overview of the book:
Collecting is a very personal thing. Each person has to discover what they love the most, what they can afford, and how to protect the things they collect. Sometimes people don't even realize that they are collecting, until they look around their homes and see a pattern to the items that they prize and display. Soon a hobby can also have value as an investment, and so collectors begin to research as much as they can about the things they collect....I do not want to set up any aesthetic rules for modern netsuke; rather, I want to celebrate their beauty and infinite variety.Anthony Chan
Cynthia Lee Katona is a nationally published photographer (PhotoMerchant.com) and writer (BookSavvyonline.com), as well as a Professor of Literature at Ohlone Community College in Fremont, California (...