The Art Appreciation of Japanese Sword Fittings by Fukushi
The Art Appreciation of Japanese Sword Fittings by Fukushi. High quality pictures with long description in English and Japanese.
This amazing book has high quality pictures of 320 items arranged by subject. First we have 82 items with Chinese or Indian theme, than 99 Japanese theme, 34 with animals, 32 plants and 22 others.
On top of that there are long descriptions in English. First part of the description has information about what is shown on the item, what is it, who made it and how it is signed.
Second part that is usually much longer tells us more about the theme of the piece, its meaning or story behind it.
This is one of my favorite books to look at.
Only downside is that there are just names of the makers, so to know who exactly they are you need additional literature. I recommend Markus Sesko "Toso-kinko Schools", "Genealogies of Japanese tsuba and toso-kinko Artists" of the same author or Haynes Index.
Number of Pages: 417
Dimensions: 25.7 x 18.5 x 3.0 cm
Weight (before packing): 1359 g
Release Year : 2012 Language : Japanese & English Country/Region of Manufacture : Japan