DECORATIVE ARTS, JEWELRY, CERAMICS, TEXTILES

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MFA Publications

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Clothbound, 8.5 x 9.25 in. / 250 pgs.

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Catalog: FALL 2004

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Lethal Elegance

Samurai Sword Fittings

Essay by Joe Earle.

As the “soul of the samurai,” the sword is famously both the symbol and instrument of Japanese military prowess. Less known, at least in the West, is its role as a fashion accessory or status symbol. And more than the weapon itself, it was the sword's metal fittings--from the hand guard to the small decorative plates on the hilt--that reflected the complexities of samurai life. Some fittings were meant to convey the honor and self-control expected of a samurai while on official duty, while other, more flamboyant ones reflected his leisure-time persona as “man about town.” Later, when the wearing of swords spread beyond the samurai class, both the decorative function of the fittings and the variety of their designs sharply increased, leading to some of the most sophisticated and accomplished metalwork ever created. Lethal Elegance presents 150 of these remarkable sword fittings, and is one of the few books in a Western language to focus on the visual presentation, rather than the function or culture of the sword. It discusses the many effects achieved with different alloys, the evolution of fittings in relation to changes in warfare, the symbolism of particular motifs, and standards for connoisseurship. Nearly all these fittings were once owned by trained swordsmen, and the weapons they ornamented could surely inflict fatal wounds. But their extraordinary variety and beauty, lavishly illustrated and carefully presented by Joe Earle, also reveal them as marvels of self-expression and personal style.
Lethal Elegance

STATUS: Out of print | 5/18/2011

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Goldstruck: A Life Shaped by Jewellery

GOLDSTRUCK: A LIFE SHAPED BY JEWELLERY

By Stephen Webster. Foreword by Tracey Emin. Photographs by Rankin and Amelia Troubridge.

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ISBN: 9780956873842
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SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857227610
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Pub Date: 10/6/2015
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ISBN: 9788857221403
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By Anne Leurquin.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788884918659
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Pub Date: 11/30/2004
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Edited by Valerio Terraroli, Paola Franceschini.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788876246869
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Pub Date: 5/8/2007
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By Marino Barovier, Carla Sonego.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857233543
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Pub Date: 9/26/2017
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ISBN: 9788861305328
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Pub Date: 10/12/2010
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Edited by Marino Barovierr.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857222479
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Pub Date: 4/21/2015
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Edited by Marino Barovier, Carla Sonego.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857230085
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Pub Date: 10/25/2016
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ISBN: 9788876243837
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