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Japanese Belt Ornaments: The Trumpf Collection

Edited by Linden-Museum Stuttgart
Edited by Uta Werrlich


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  • A comprehensive study of an impressive private collection of Inro
  • Presenting more than 250 Inro in large format illustrations and including approx. 140 marks reproduced
  • The sequel to the successful publication on Netsuke of the Trumpf Collection (ISBN 9783925369896)
Full Description

The richly illustrated publication presents about 250 Inro from the Anna and Christian Trumpf collection. These small, multipartite receptacles for seals and medicine, which were attached to a belt with the aid of a toggle (Netsuke), came into use in the sixteenth century and remained a prominent accessory in Japanese menswear until the late nineteenth century. The symbolic, often narrative decoration conveys a valuable insight into Japanese culture. Today the carefully and lovingly worked, mostly lacquered Inro enjoy enormous popularity in collectors’ circles. Following the inventory of the Trumpfs’ significant Netsuke collection published in 2000, another comprehensively annotated standard work on Japanese belt decoration has now arrived.

Text in English and German.

About the Author

Dr Uta Werlich is curator at the Lindenmuseum Stuttgart and responsible for the collections of Far East Asia.

Arnoldsche Art Publishers
20th Apr 2016
UK, US, Eastern Europe, France, Benelux, Japan, South Korea, Africa, South America & Ireland exclusive. South Africa, N&M East, China non-exclusive
295 mm x 220 mm
432 Pages
571 color, 140 b&w
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