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Artistic Netsuke Prized Museum Collections

Mar 23, 2008
Netsuke has its own exhibit within this museum, carried by over 100 contemporary artistic Netsuke pieces to see. This is the very first completely dedicated Netsuke upon the East Coast and features the familiar traditional Netsuke as well as the less traditional contemporary Netsuke art formations done by today's Netsuke's best artists from around the world. These artistic art forms are individually chosen pieces from 54 various Netsuke carver collections from around the United States.

There are contemporary Japanese Netsuke carver's like Masatoshi (1915 to 2001) whom was known as a traditional and a contemporary Netsuke carver who worked mostly with boxwood. He associated with many untraditional as well as traditional designs of Netsuke.

Netsuke was a infamous historical functioning art form of Japan during the Edo-period over 300 years ago, but found its way into our modern worldly art formations, still highly sought after in our contemporary art collection cycles of today. Netsuke had a traditional function with an artistic beauty and was worn upon the waists of the Japanese during the 17th Century. Netsuke was the artistically created toggle, to hold personal items safely while being carried in their pouches. It is could be made of many material types, with the most popular being hard woods and ivory and the most uniquely noted materials were of shell, pottery, various animals of teeth and bones to even hard forms of coral.

Although Netsuke has found a uniquely large number of people who are fascinated with Netsuke it is still a curious and mystic art form telling many secrets of the Japanese cultural being of the past. There are those who carry strong fascination of all Netsuke, contemporary artists and collectors alike, have a passion to study the historical past and the current contemporary art formations of Netsuke. With this intense fascination, there comes many museums around the world that feature variously intriguing Netsuke collections for us all to view and learn about. But there seems to be only one museum to have the largest exhibit completely dedicated Netsuke artifacts and cultural history past and present. This museum is the Museum Of Arts And Design in New York of the United States.

For almost 50 years, this museum has been based on dedication to artistic formations made of ivory, wood, clay, glass, and fiber mediums of art and history. Netsuke has its own exhibit within this museum, carried by over 100 contemporary artistic Netsuke pieces to see. This is the very first completely dedicated Netsuke upon the East Coast and features the familiar traditional Netsuke as well as the less traditional contemporary Netsuke art formations done by today's Netsuke's best artists from around the world. These artistic art forms are individually chosen pieces from 54 various Netsuke carver collections from around the United States.

There are contemporary Japanese Netsuke carver's like Masatoshi (1915 to 2001) whom was known as a traditional and a contemporary Netsuke carver who worked mostly with boxwood. He associated with many untraditional as well as traditional designs of Netsuke. He is well known for the 'Octopus Annoyed By A Sea Louse'. There are also the Netsuke designs by Hiroaki, German-born Matt Kowallik and Alexander Derkachenko, along with many more highly talented artists from all over the world. The designs range from butterflies, beetles, blowfish to the traditional nude figure that has been more of a taboo subject among the conservative Japanese carvers.
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Anita Satin Choudhary writes for IvoryandArt.com Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from Bronze Sculptures to Mammoth Ivory and Silver Judaica.
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