What is Netsuke?
Presented Melanie Eastburn
June 17, 2021
Join us for a talk on all things netsuke with Melanie Eastburn (Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW) to celebrate the Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke exhibition, held at The Japan Foundation, Sydney from June 4-26, 2021. In this talk event, Melanie will present a comprehensive overview on the history of netsuke, techniques used to create netsuke and the netsuke collection owned by the Art Gallery of NSW.
As kimono culture flourished during the Edo period (1603-1868), netsuke, small carvings, were created as toggles to hold pouches and cases containing tobacco and medicine in place on the obi sash worn with the kimono. What began as functional pieces to prevent those little suspended containers from falling to the ground evolved into small but highly creative carvings. Today, classic netsuke have gained international acclaim as remarkably detailed carvings. Contemporary netsuke incorporating new subject matter and approaches have also been attracting attention.
This in-person talk event will also be livestreamed on the JPF Sydney Facebook page.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
June 17, 2021 (Thursday)
6:30pm – 7:30pm AEDT
Doors open at 6:00pm
The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
Free, bookings not required
via Facebook Live; bookings not required
(02) 8239 0055
Header image: © The Japan Foundation, Sydney