Statue Nearly Identical to Its Creator
Hananuma Masakichiwas was a Japanese sculpture artist.
Believing that he was dying from tuberculosis, Masakichi
sculpted a life size, extremely lifelike statue of himself as a
gift to the woman he loved, which was completed in 1885.
He worked on each body part separately, and painted and
lacquered the wood to match his skin tone and accurately portray
every tendon, muscle, bone, vein, and wrinkle. He crafted
glass eyes that are also stunningly realistic. Amazingly,
he even plucked a tiny hole for each of his pores. He also
started picking apart his own body - he
used his own teeth, hair, and nails.
By the time he was finished, even when standing right next to
his work of art, people had difficulty knowing which was real
and which was fake. It is considered the most lifelike
wooden statue in the world.
The picture in the upper right hand corner is also the