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

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)

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)

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

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.

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.

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.

Terracotta one-handled kantharos (drinking cup), ca. 500 B.C. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1963 (63.11.4)

Terracotta one-handled kantharos (drinking cup), ca. 500 B.C. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1963 (63.11.4)

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