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The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight Into Beauty

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This book challenges the conventional ideas of art and beauty. What is the value of things made by an anonymous craftsman working in a set tradition for a lifetime? What is the value of handwork? Why should even the roughly lacquered rice bowl of a Japanese farmer be thought beautiful? The late Soetsu Yanagi was the first to fully explore the traditional Japanese appreciation for objects born, not made. Mr. Yanagi sees folk art as a manifestation of the essential world from which art, philosophy, and religion arise and in ...

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The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight Into Beauty
2013, Kodansha International

ISBN-13: 9781568365206

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The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight Into Beauty
1990, Kodansha

ISBN-13: 9780870119484

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