The Index of Inrō Artists

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The index of inrō artists is the first reliable guide to the Japanese artists whose signatures appear on the miniature Japanese medicine-cases called inrō. The result of thirty-five years study by the owner of the world’s most comprehensive inrō collection, this book contains 2704 entries with more than 2000 signature photographs gathered from public and private collections throughout the world. The text includes concise biographical details of the artists and a listing of the main publications and collections where their works are to be found. This publication is an essential guide to the understanding of one of the world's most important miniature art forms.
E.A. Wrangham received a Master of Arts degree from Cambridge University. He is a long time collector of Japanese art and has written numerous articles on the subject.
Joe Earle is Chair of the Department of Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he has mounted several Japanese exhibitions including Netsuke: Fantasy and Reality in Japanese Miniature Sculpture; Lethal Elegance: The Art of Samurai Sword Fittings and Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century. He has also put in hand a project to catalogue, re-house, digitize and make available online the MFA’s approximately 67000 Ukiyo-e prints by the year 2009. He worked in the Far Eastern Art Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London from 1974 to 1983, after which he was appointed Keeper of the Department. He left the museum at the beginning of 1990 and subsequently worked as consultant for the ‘Japan Festival 1991’ and its flagship exhibition ‘Visions of Japan’.
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