The Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection of Netsuke: A Legacy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a 552-page book featuring 827 netsuke and 20 inro. Netsuke are Japanese miniature sculptures used as counterweights for objects suspended from a man’s sash (obi). An inro is a tier or nest of small cases skillfully fitted into one another suspended by cords and fastened to a netsuke. The collection is astonishingly comprehensive containing many of the finest examples of netsuke representing every period, school, artist, subject matter, and material. There is also an illustrated reference of 535 artist’s signatures including Kanji. This book presented many challenges throughout the design process. Many of the photographs had digitally enhanced shadows placed. Other photographs had production work in making seamless gradated background shadows. The book was beautifully printed and bound by Arti Grafiche Amilcare Pizzi in Milan, Italy.
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