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Title The life of animals in Japanese art / edited by Robert T. Singer, Kawai Masatomo ; with essays by Barbara R. Ambros, Tom Hare, Federico Marcon ; and contributions by Arakawa Masaaki [and 23 others].

Publication Info. Washington, District of Columbia : National Gallery of Art ; Tokyo, Japan : The Japan Foundation ; [Los Angeles, California] : Los Angeles County Museum of Art ; Princeton, New Jersey : In association with Princeton University Press, [2019]
Verona, Italy : Printed on Perigord by Verona Libri.


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Description xix, 323 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 32 cm
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Note Published on the occasion of the exhibition "The Life of Animals in Japanese Art" held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., May 5-July 28, 2019, and the exhibition "Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art" held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, September 8-December 8, 2019.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 316-317) and indexes.
Contents Prefaces / Robert T. Singer, Kawai Masatomo -- A place for animals in Japanese letters : beasts and beasties - pests, partners, and pets / Tom Hare -- Cultivating compassion and accruing merit : animal release rites during the Edo period / Barbara R. Ambros -- All creatures great and small : Tokugawa Japan and its animals / Federico Marcon -- Plates -- Checklist of works exhibited in Los Angeles.
Summary A sweeping exploration of animals in Japanese art and culture across sixteen centuries. Few countries have devoted as much artistic energy to the depiction of animal life as Japan. Drawing upon the country's unique spiritual heritage, rich literary traditions, and currents in popular culture, Japanese artists have long expressed admiration for animals in sculpture, painting, lacquerwork, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and woodblock prints. Real and fantastic creatures are meticulously and beautifully rendered, often with humor and whimsy. This beautiful book celebrates this diverse range of work, from ancient fifth-century clay sculpture to contemporary pieces. The catalog is organized into themes, including the twelve animals of the Japanese zodiac; animals in Shinto and Buddhism; animals and samurai; land animals, winged creatures, and creatures of the river and sea; and animals in works of humor and parody.
Subject Art, Japanese -- Themes, motives -- Exhibitions.
Animals in art -- Exhibitions.
Animals -- Symbolic aspects -- Japan -- Exhibitions.
Genre/Form Exhibition catalogs.
Illustrated works.
Added Author Singer, Robert T, editor.
Kawai, Masatomo, editor.
Ambros, Barbara, 1968- contributor.
Hare, Thomas Blenman, 1952- contributor.
Marcon, Federico, 1972- contributor.
Arakawa, Masaaki, 1961- contributor.
Hare, Thomas Blenman, 1952- Place for animals in Japanese letters.
National Gallery of Art (U.S.), issuing body, publisher, organizer, host institution.
Kokusai Kōryū Kikin, issuing body, publisher, organizer.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, issuing body, publisher, organizer, host institution.
Princeton University Press, publisher.
Added Title Every living thing, animals in Japanese art.
ISBN 9780691191164 (hardcover)
0691191166 (hardcover)
9780894684135 (softcover)
0894684132 (softcover)

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