Dentist's hobbies - Netsuke, popular miniature art from Japan

Scheer, Klaus
January 1978
Quintessence International;Jan1978, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p81
Academic Journal
The article presents a description of the hobby of collecting netsuke, a plastic art from Japan which has been prevalent for the past 400 years. Netsuke consists of carvings of wood, ivory, horn, alloys, gold or porcelain, bone, coral etc. Netsuke is stated to be an original object of art and consists of diverse concepts and materials. Wood and ivory are pre-dominant in the art. The art involves diverse range of subjects including legends, sagas, history, religion, fairy tales and heroic deeds. Netsuke are miniatures 3 to 6 cm in size. Collecting netsuke is stated to be a science in itself and the hobby itself is stated to be attractive as it has value.


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