The Masakichi Statue
Dovetail wood


Hananuma Masakichi


Wooden Statue


Can move like a person


Easily damaged


Human interaction

Collected by

Agent Brady Brown



Date of Collection

March 1, 2008



Hananuma Masakichi (1832-1895) was a Japanese sculpture artist. Believing that he was dying from tuberculosis, Masakichi sculpted a life size statue of himself as a gift to the woman he loved, which was completed in 1885. The artist himself died 10 years later, in poverty, aged 63.

The Masakichi statue is renowned for being nearly identical in appearance to its creator. Made of between 2000 and 5000 wooden strips (reports differ), it is connected only by dovetail joints, glue and wooden pegs. No joint is visible on the statue, and it is lacquered to show every detail of Masakichi, including muscle, bone and vein. The artist also manufactured anatomically correct glass eyeballs for the statue. Finally, individual holes were drilled in the statue to represent the pores of the skin, and the corresponding hair inserted.


The statue can move like a person (it can walk, lift objects, etc.). Due to this, it is used to do simple manual labor. It cannot speak, but seemingly follows Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. Due to the fact that it is made of wood, it can be easily damaged.

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