"The paulownia crest that adorns this rooftop of one of the buildings in Kōdai-ji temple is the coat of arms (mon) for Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the man who unified Japan following Oda Nobunaga’s death in 1582. Kōdai-ji was established in 1606 by Hideyoshi’s wife, Nene in honor of Hideyoshi. to pray for her late husband. Kōdai-ji is a Rinzai sect Zen Buddhist temple.” Text and photography by Rekishi no Tabi on Flickr
A RARE ART NOUVEAU “BUTTERFLIES AND BATS” POCKETWATCH, BY RENE LALIQUE Of gilt-finished jeweled lever movement, the openface pocketwatch of circular outline with blued-steel moon-style hands and applied black enameled Arabic numerals, against the gold ground accented by blue and white enameled fluttering butterflies, within a polished gold case, the reverse depicting numerous flying purplish blue enameled bats, with scattered moonstone accents, further embellished by a sculpted gold serpent bow, circa 1899-1900, with French export marks.