The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is brimful of treasures. I went for the architecture, I stayed for Picasso, Rothko, Pollock, Matisse and Pistoletto. I was happy to recognise a painting by Richard Diebenkorn, an author I had discovered only a couple of weeks earlier in San Francisco at the de Young Museum.

But in the end, it was the Pavillon for Japanese Art that made me forget the tar pits outside and the Chateau Marmont and the Pacific Ocean completely.

All the tiny tiny netsuke.


Owl and Bat, early to mid-19th century, ebony with inlays


Skeleton, mid- to late 19th century, stag antler with staining