Ivory Manju Netsuke (Rabbit in full moon shape, c. 18th Century), signed: Okatoma.
Netsuke, carved miniature sculptures, first became evident in 17th Century Japan. “Ne” + “tsuke” means “root” and “to attach,” as these tiny objects were first carried around in small, beautifully crafted boxes or baskets and secured with a cord and button-like toggle called a netsuke. The term “netsuke” evolved over time into its current definition of a finely crafted and beloved miniature object of art, carved with extraordinary attention to detail.
Josef von Sternberg’s The Docks of New York (1928)
The Body of Christ Borne to the Tomb, William Blake