Tiny Netsuke

by Sophie de la Mancha

This creature lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Quietly self-satisfied at his ability to travel through time and blend into a sea of creatures (both sea and land, one presumes).

I suspect he will disappear into dark pockets and evade us all, for many more years after you and I have left this mortal coil behind.

For now, he has been unearthed and coveted by the Met’s Associate director Carrie Rebora Barratt in this really, very tickling little ode to Small Things.