SHOSOIN HOMOTSU. Treasures of the Shosoin. Tokyo, 1960-62. North: Plate volume: 3 pp. text and 125 pp. tipped-in colour plates with accompanying page of description; Text volume: xxvi, , 56 pp. Middle: Plate volume: 3 pp. text and 130 pp. tipped-in colour plates with accompanying page of description; Text volume: xx, 39 pp. South: Plate volume: 3 pp. text and 119 pp. tipped-in colour plates with accompanying page of description; Text volume: xvi, 41 pp. 6 vols. 39x30 cm. Cloth and paper. Clamshell boxes with minor wear.
Divided into three parts, one each devoted to the North, Middle and South sections of this famed repository of ancient and wonderful art treasures, many dating from the 8th century AD and, in addition to marvellous Japanese items, superb and rare objects from Tang dynasty China. The treasures include inlaid mirrors, glass objects, textiles, Buddhist objects, small items of furniture, wooden boxes, calligraphy, paintings, carved marble, metalwork, masks and much more. Over 370 objects are illustrated in colour.
The Shosoin itself is a wooden building in the temple complex of the Todai-ji temple in Nara in Japan.
Each part of this work comprises a hardback volume of tipped-in colour plates accompanied by a paperback volume of text. Captions to plates in English in each plate volume. Good introductions and descriptions of objects in English in each accompanying text volume. Fuller text in Japanese. A comprehensive and well-produced reference on the Shosoin treasures. Very scarce.
New stock due shortly, as of: 21/09/2017
Was item 563 in printed List 189.
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