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

Terracotta vase in the form of a hare, 1st half of the 6th century B.C. Greek, Corinthian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Funds from various donors, 1923 (23.72.2)

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

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.

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

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