B189. Pinnacle of Elegance: Sword Fittings of the Mitsumura Collection
B189. Pinnacle of Elegance: Sword Fittings of the Mitsumura Collection by The Nezu Museum. 2017. Softbound, 8 3/4 x 12″, 199 pages in Japanese and with articles and item descriptions in English also. Mitsumura Toshimo was a businessman in Meiji period Japan. Out of love for an art and concern for a declining craft, he commissioned and purchased kodogu from the top artist of the time. He was able to amass a large and spectacular collection, much of which is today owned by the Nezu Museum and is the basis of this display. Later on, he authored and published one of the more important books on the subject, Tagane no Hana (see B934 on my site). In this book, 216 objects of very high quality are shown in sharp color photographs, usually more than one photo to each item. Wonderful exhibition; wonderful book.
The book is new. 2 pounds, 2 ounces. $70.