# 17. 3 Feb 2017. Two netsuke, British Museum

3-feb-2017-netsuke1. Octopus and pot, c 1850. This netsuke is inscribed with a poem by Basho which describes the fragile dream of a trapped octopus: 

Mere octopus traps

Evanescent dreams beneath

A midsummer moon.

2. Mermaid holding a sacred jewel, 1800s. And very pleased she looks too.

 

 

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