Friday, October 21, 2011

Birth of a Collector: A Quote

"This journey turns Charles into a collector. Or perhaps, I think, it allows him to collect, to turn looking into having and having into knowing."

This quote comes from The Hare WIth Amber Eyes, Edmund de Waal, 2010 in which the story's narrator becomes the keeper of his families collection of Netsuke, miniature Japanese carved figurines, and sets about to discover the history of the beginning of the collection and the trip it has made since the 200 plus years of its beginning.

netsuke |ˈnetsəkē| noun
a carved buttonlike ornament, esp. of ivory or wood, formerly worn in Japan to suspend articles from the sash of a kimono

An interesting read!

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