Japanese Art Signatures

A Handbook and Practical Guide

by James Self and Nobuko Hirose

The most comprehensive, authoritative, and easy-to-use tool for reading Japanese art signatures is again available, in a limited-edition reprint. Designed for both layman and scholar, its simplified approach allows users to find and identify over 11,000 names of Japanese artists and craftspeople, from all periods and in all media. Includes a sections on reading dates, a list of 300 modified and debased characters, and an index of provinces and place names, plus reproductions of date and censor seals on woodblock prints, publishers’ trademarks and seals, and actors’ and Genji mon. Indispensable for the scholar or collector of Japanese art.

James Self has been involved with Japanese art for many years, both as a collector of swords and as a consultant to one of Britain’s largest companies specializing in the valuation of antiques. Nobuko Hirose holds an ma in Japanese Art History from soas, University of London, and is author of Immovable Wisdom, on the teachings of Zen Master Takuan Soho.

400 pp, 7 x 10, Soft
Thousands of b&w illustrations
Japanese art / Art reference
ISBN: 978-1-891640-09-4