netsuke

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Some netsuke from the V&A collection

Like the title say.  Turn it around and look inside and you can just make out the octopus doing the dreaming within:

Clickable gallery of 21 others below. My favorites are the starving dog, the yawning man, and Kenshin thwacking Shingen on the head with what looks like, er…   a flaccid retractable baton?