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japaneseaesthetics: Tsuba (sword handle guard).  1822, Japan, by artist Someya Tomonobu.    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, MFA

Tsuba with design of snake, Japan, Edo period, mid-19th century, Seki Yoshinori. Tsuba is the hand guard--the piece between the handle and blade of a sword.

Blowfish, 18th century, Japan.  Artist Masaboa.  Netsuke with staining, sumi and inlays.  LACMA

Rabbits as Okaru and Kanpei. Japanese, Meiji era, 1873 (Meiji 6), 4th month. Artist Utagawa Yoshifuji, Japanese, 1828–1889.

Artist Unknown, Japanese“Young Woman of the Banana Leaves”

Greatly crafted, slightly stained Japanese carved netsuke figure, depicting three inter-wined green peas, artist's signature to the rear, late 19th/early 20th Century period. Size; Length of carving is 2 inches.

Collection|The Japan Folk Crafts Museum

Collection|The Japan Folk Crafts Museum

Petrus Christus (Netherlandish, active by 1444–died 1475/76 Bruges). Portrait of a Carthusian, 1446. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.19) #mustache #movember