Bamboo in Old Japan: Art and Culture on the Threshold of Modernity

Bamboo in Old Japan: Art and Culture on the Threshold of Modernity

by Martin Brauen, Patrizia Jirka-Schmitz, Patizio Jirka-Schmitz
     
 

When you think of Japan, bamboo springs to mind. This exotic plant was Hans Aprry's ruling passion. A resident of Yokohama from 1890 until 1896, the Zurich silk merchant lavished time and resources on amassing an incomparable collection of objects made of, or referring to, bamboo. As well as a wide variety of objects made from bamboo, the collection, which

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When you think of Japan, bamboo springs to mind. This exotic plant was Hans Aprry's ruling passion. A resident of Yokohama from 1890 until 1896, the Zurich silk merchant lavished time and resources on amassing an incomparable collection of objects made of, or referring to, bamboo. As well as a wide variety of objects made from bamboo, the collection, which comprises about 1500 items, includes representations of bamboo on textiles, picture scrolls and in books, on ceramics, as decoration, sword accessories and utensils in daily use. Given to the Zurich Ethnography Museum, the Sprry Collection was - despite the superlative quality of the pieces - last on display a century ago! Martin Brauen has achieved a scholarly rescue of this treasure from neglect. The most important and finest pieces are brilliantly reproduced, with modern photographs supplemented by Japanese photos dating from about 1890 and period drawings illustrated the uses to which these bamboo objects were put and how they were made.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783897901902
Publisher:
Antique Collector's Club
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.65(w) x 12.75(h) x 0.97(d)

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