Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Netsuke Collection

Last weekend I went to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. In addition to the special exhibition, they have amazing permanent collection from all over the world. My favorite section is the collection of Japanese netsuke, which is centuries old Japanese miniature sculptures, originally used as fastener for the cord attatched to small containers to carry tobacco or medicines.

Most netuske are less than 2 inches, smaller than my thumb!

Various motifs are used for Netsuke's. Like this one, a kid dancing with a dog...

A man wrestling with a giant octopus.

Old man who's clipping his nails! Very expressive! All of them are so well made to the fine details I never get tired of looking through the collection.
If you get a chance to visit the Asian Art Museum, don't miss this collection located on the 2nd floor! I'm sure you'll be amazed by the fine craftmanship

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

(chinatsu, edison)

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