The Art of Netsuke Carving
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Masatoshi is the last in a great tradition of Japanese craftsmanship, a carver of the ivory toggles that evolved into a sophisticated art form in the Edo period. He is also the first to set down his ideas in a book, explaining his methods, his materials, and his choice of subjects, from ghosts and goblins to owls and lizards. This handsome volume includes colour plates of more than 350 carvings.