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The Department of Delicious Deception should know better than to try to eat wooden food, but the work of Japanese wood sculptor Seiji Kawasaki is so awesomely realistic, we just know they’re going to take a nibble at the earliest opportunity. Just look at these croissants, so flaky and buttery:

But they aren’t flaky, buttery pastries at all. They’re blocks of wood, hand-carved to the tiniest detail and painstakingly painted by Kawasaki. Each piece takes 2-3 hours to complete, some of which aren’t simply decorative. These red peppers, for example, function as chopstick rests:

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[via My Modern Met]

Indian Artist/Cabinetmaker (Unknown)

Cradle with Makara

India/Netherlands (c. 1700)

Carved Ebony, Ivory; 89 ×135 × 63 cm.

This cradle is an example of the luxurious furniture that was made in Asia for VOC officials. Its shape is European, but the Indian cabinetmaker used eastern materials, such as ebony and ivory. The decoration does not consist of floral motifs, as was customary for furniture, but rather Hindu figures, such as the makara, a fish-like mythical creature.

-Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam