Netsuke & Inro pool at Flickr

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COOP points us to the marvelous Netsuke & Intro photo pool at Flickr. Netsuke are tiny Japanese sculptures, first appearing in the 17th century, that were attached to traditional robes. They acted as fasteners for Inro, cases that held small objects because the clothing had no pockets. Seen here, a "frustrated rat catcher" netsuke from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.