The Golden Journey Japanese Art from Australian Collections
written by Amy Newland
Art Gallery of South Australia | ISBN 9780730830474
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This major book explores the astonishingly rich heritage of Japanese art, from prehistoric times until Japan opened its doors to the West at the commencement of the Meiji period (1868-1912). It reveals the astonishingly rich heritage of Japanese art held in Australia's major public and private collections. Serene Buddhist sculptures, spectacular painted screens, miniature netsuke talismans, colourful Ukiyo-e images of the 'floating world', costumes, masks, armour and flamboyant export art created for Australia's late nineteenth-century international exhibitions are all included in celebration of the profound lyricism and sophisticated eloquence of Japanese aesthetics. The book features essay contributions by twelve leading Japanese and non-Japanese scholars. This publication is certain to be a major step in promoting greater national and international awareness in appreciating the significance of Japanese collections held in Australia.