Unique, Hand-Drawn, Folding, Artist's album of Netsuke and Inro Designs Exquisitely drawn, detailed designs
Thick folding album from Japan containing various designs that appear to have been used for small items such as Japanese netsuke and other okimono. There are also some inro designs and one tsuba (sword guard). Very unusual to find such an album. The title has faded but was probably just the name for the album used by the artist. There are 85 designs and each is drawn on paper which was then affixed to the album. A few are coloured but most are not. Decorative silk covers.
Artist and place unknown. Early Meiji (c1870s).
44pp on thick boards. 23.5 x 18.2 x 4.5cm.
In very good condition. Title slip faded. Internally minor wear and a few stray marks.