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The Pictorial Arts Of Japan.* I
I to equal the contents of Mr . Anderson ' s I I forming magnificen Part t portfolio I . of the , which work is . The before book is ,
I I uniform ' Ornamental with Arts Mr of . Japan Audsley . ' Mr s . well Anderson -known
I I general in the his opening tory of part the country of his , review deals min of ut the ely ,
I with the story of the development of its art : I a story which will be perused with absorbing
I i nations nterest as by well everyone as their who customs studies the and arts the of ir 1 modes , of expressing sympathy , with the I beauties of natureThe first chapter is
de-. I 7 oted to prehistoric art , in which is described
the originals of the Japanese people as determined by the most recent archaeological
re-. searches . The first historic period ( that is to say , from the fifth to the latter part of the
ninth century ) forms the subject-matter of Chapter II ., the contents being a consideration
ot of the thn origin m-imrin , real ron . 1 or cw nominal nnmiiVAl , of of the ihfi dmerent fliflforftnt . branches of art in the earliest period of cultureincluding keramic artictorial art
sculpture , in stone , wood , and metal , p , lacquer , , embroidery , < fcc . As an example of the kind of curioiiH information orivpn bv ] VTr . Anderarrn .
^~ - — " —m ^^ , ^^ ^ r ^ ^ ¦ r *^ V ^ ^^»^^«^ h ^^ F . . ^ *^^ ^* ^^ ^ k ^^ ^>* ^^* ^^ T ^ K V ^ feH ^ k ^^ ~ ^^ " * ^^ *^ V ^ k ^ W ^^ fc *» ^^^ B i « ^ ^ H ^ ^ " ^» M * ^ " ^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^ r ^ l ^ ^ h ,. ^ ^ ¦« ^ h we quote the following : * The mirror ,
according to Mr . INlnagawa , was first made in ( Japan a . d . 71 ill -130 the ) - ^» or reign in other of the words Empero in le r genda Keiko r ]
times m ^^^ v — ^ . ¦ — — It assumes — , ^ , y two — p rinci - pal , - ^ forms — ^^^^» ¦ . — ^^ " - ^— " ^» - The ^— « ^^^ y W first is a plain circular disc . polished upon
, one surface , and usually displaying an emblematical design upon the reverse . Of this
variety , some are provided with handles , while othersusually of much larger size
have no such appendage , and may be sup , - ported by a carved stand representing
conventionalised clouds or waves , the mirror then probably symbolising the full moon .
The second form is commonly small , not more than four inches in diameter ; it has no handle
and presents on the reverse an aperture for a , cordtraversing a raised portion of the desi .
All are , Chinese in oriin . gn The second period g brings the work up to
the p ILfl ic . K torial ^ VKJi latter XCt . 'X C art part * A U it 111 of describes U the . CO ^/ l fourteenth . l k / CO the \ J ± IK > work HV century 1 A . of KJX . the UJ . In AC ?
artist Kose * no Kanaoka , and the various school schools , , su Toba ch as -ye the ' caricatures Buddhist and school the , Yamato Chinese
— . ' ¦ — -- — = •—— —¦ — — — . — . . .- ... , f school , besides continuing the references to keramic artwood and metal sculture
lacquer , & c . , The last quarter of the p eigh- , teenth century is reached in the third period .
Pictorial art is the theme , the descriptions dealing with the Chinese school , the Sesshiu
and Kano branches of the Chinese school , | the Yamato-Tosa schoolUkiyo-ye' Riti or
I popular school , and the Korin , school . This ! closes the present instalment of the historical
treatise . Jn the present part there are i twenty magnificent lates in
chromo-litho-: graphy , photogravure p ., and wood engraving . i A very large number of beautifully-executed
woodcuts adorn the text . The two chief characteristic examples we here supply are from
drawings by Korin ( seventeenth century ) , engraved in the Korin hiahu dzu . It should
be noted that the plates are printed with exceptional success on very fine plate paper .
X •/ A JL X Mr . Anderson ' s work is bound to become a standard authority upon the art and historical
ft / X development of the country in which he
profitably spent so large a share of his life .
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