The contemplation of works of art offers unique opportunities to explore new realms of imagination and perception. Guided by the artist’s insight, flowing the artist’s hand and eye, we enter lives, cultures, and worlds that can be known in no other way. The unparalleled creative energy of Japanese artists, inspired over the centuries by both quotidian and sophisticated desires, is represented in this magnificent volume for more that 145 masterworks in the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
All the major catagories of the art of Japan are encompassed in this survey, featuring ceramics, metal wares, lacquerwork, Buddhist sculpture, screen and scroll paintings, and inro and netsuke on 256 pages. From five-thousand-year-old ceramic vessels to nineteenth-century paintings, each object is endowed with elegant and strength, the result of skill and passion invested in it by its maker. Condition: Excellent and as originally purchased with unbroken spine. Dimensions: 9-0”w x 12-0”h x 0.8”w.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection