Robert M Watson Jr
Right there in his hands ... HIPS.
PS The plant ... looks like camellia.
I don't know from plants, but I think you're right about the Jewel (Yasakani no Magatama
) being represented by the abdomen. Interestingly, the standard Jewel looks like this
, but Ueshiba's abdomen is perfectly round...
For Alan - there's some interesting stuff about symbolism inherent in the Kusanagi that Ueshiba used - but that's a work in progress.
For anybody who's confused, we're talking about this
. Ain't esoterica fun?