Diana Athill

Following The Netsuke

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance


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Edmund de Waal first saw the 264 ‘netsuke’ in the Japanese house of his great-uncle Iggy (Ignace Ephrussi). This collection of tiny carvings, made to dangle from the sashes of Japanese gentlemen, came to him later, fifteen years after Iggy’s death, from Jiro, who had loved Iggy and lived with him. Edmund already knew that the netsuke had a long connection with the Ephrussi family, but he was gripped by a need to know more. 

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