True to Life

True to Life
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Stylized, simplified, and abstract netsuke forms appeared in the Meiji period; however, so did subjects rendered in a highly naturalistic manner. Medical, technological, and scientific information from the West became available to the Japanese and spurred an interest in realistic depictions based on keen observation. Though subjects historically found in netsuke continued to appear, the new emphasis on realism gave them an entirely different feel. Human figures and skeletons became anatomically accurate. Perhaps the most naturalistic of all netsuke were those depicting animals, where carvers lavished incredible attention on fur, scales, and feathers.

- Chris Drosse, LACMA, (2006)