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
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...