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This very rare model of a human body has a skin crafted as a net-like structure, to allow the beholder to look inside the body. The organs are shown in a European naturalistic manner, not as energy-centers of organ-circles in the Asiatic manner. But, on the skin, acupuncture points are indicated in three colours. The net-like skin as well as the inner organs can be removed. The model stems from a time before the enforced opening of Japan to western influence. It is an extremely fine example of the trends for “western learning” (rangaku) of the early Edo-time. It bears witness to Japan's early interest in foreign science, an interest that was upheld without giving up the country's own, Asian-based scientific tradition.
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