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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4805309229
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805309223
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Japanese Dolls: The Fascinating World of Ningyo does an excellent job of illustrating all of the common types of Japanese dolls one might encounter both in Japan and in antique shops, as well as various kinds of dolls which are less common. Whether you are a collector yourself or simply a Japanese culture enthusiast, this book is sure to spark your curiosity. It's a book I'm immensely happy to have in my collection, and I know I will be referring to it often!"—Haiku Girl

About the Author

Alan Scott Pate has curated exhibitions, lectured extensively on Japanese dolls, and published widely in journals focusing on Japanese antiques. He is the author of Ningyo: The Art of the Japanese Doll.

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I found this book full of information and beautiful pictures.
Dgal
Alan Pate's second book on Japanese dolls gives the occidental reader a real understanding of the Japanese doll within the context of Japanese culture.
Richard Garriott Stejskal
I recommend this book to anyone interested in Japanese art and folk art.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Richard Garriott Stejskal on May 5, 2008
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Alan Pate's second book on Japanese dolls gives the occidental reader a real understanding of the Japanese doll within the context of Japanese culture. The work would be cheap at 2X the price. The photographs are stunning and worth the price of admission. For the collector serious or casual this (and his earlier work, Ningyo) are all one needs.
Most highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lorie Schinko on May 16, 2008
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This book may be the best one I have purchased in over a year, on any subject.I am so happy to have it in my collection. Photography is excellent,and if you are an artist/dollmaker, the inspirational element is fantastic. Historically, the book is loaded with info that is fascinating.I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in dollmaking as I am,and who finds Asian artifacts refreshingly different on an artistic basis.What a great book! If you love dolls,this is a must have,You will not be dissappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stella Savin on May 5, 2011
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This is an amazing book, for specialists and non-specialists alike, although the non-specialists must have a high interest in dolls and some knowledge of Japanese culture to fully enjoy the book. Japanese dolls and the rituals they are associated with being within the scope of my own research, I must say I felt slightly jealous reading the book, because there were so many things I wish I had written first...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John F. Panarelli on September 6, 2013
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This is THE resource for the research and historical accounts of Japanese dolls (Ningyo). Ningyo are a very valuable part of Japanese culture and Mr. Pate thoroughly covers the subject. He is probably the most respected Ningyo expert in the United States. Well worth investment.
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This book is a treasure full of gorgeous pictures and an enormous amount of information. Mr. Pate writes in a clear, articulate style that is never dull. As someone new to collecting and appreciating Ningyo dolls I found it inspiring and helpful.
Even if one is not a collector these images are wonderful. The art and culture of old Japan leaps off nearly every page and Mr. Pate shows the high esthetic of the culture. Somehow these dolls transcend the usual childishness of the medium and become more like national treasures. They are hauntingly beautiful at times, sometimes frightening, sometimes funny and ridiculous.
Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful world of treasures.
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Very handy to have on my reference shelf, especially when I came across a 19th century ningyo in a second-hand shop and the seller didn't know what it was (but I did!). Visually lush, very informative. Highly suggested if you work in the field of Japanese antiques and/or textiles, or just love beautifully crafted dolls.
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Thirty years ago I bought two Japanese dolls from an antique dealer in the Northeast. I am excited to know that mine are late 1600 - early 1700 as were noted on my bill of sale. I found this book full of information and beautiful pictures. Now I want to collect more.
Beautiful coffee table book as well
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By Judith Flynn on February 25, 2013
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Kudos to Alan Pate for granting collectors of Ningyo and Ichimatsu the opportunity to see and enjoy this treasured toy/collictible and for lettting us have insight into the world of Japanese Art through this medium. I treasure this book along with his other publications.
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