I N T H E P U B L I C D O M A I N: S M A L L T R E A S U R E S A N D A G R A N D L E G AC Y: DR GERTRUDE LANGER’S NETSUKE COLLECTION AT QAG – TAASA Review June 2016
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This article was originally found in the June 2016 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 25, Issue 2, Page 25).
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Tarun Nagesh M iniature Japanese carvings known as netsuke continue to captivate people around the world.
In their modest scale, netsuke – carved toggles used to help fasten containers (inro) hanging from men’s sashes (obi) – embody the great technical ingenuity and wondrous inventiveness of Japanese art.
Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) holds a collection of 92 netsuke, formerly the prized possessions of Dr Gertrude Langer (19081984), one of Australia’s leading 20th century art critics and intellectuals. Netsuke, `garden within an open clam’, Japan, 19th century...