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Snake with Flexible Parts, Jizai-okimono

Myōchin, photo by Kimura Youichi and Photo by Kimura Youichi

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

The free flowing joints and the feeling it could almost be real make it hard to know at first sight that the snake is a lump of metal. The body of this snake is made of more then 250 cylindrical parts that move as though they were it’s own joints and enable the shape to be changed freely into flowing curves or tight coils. Flexible display objects like this are called jizai-okimono (jizai=free okimono=object), and have moveable bodies, hands and legs(even the antennas).

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  • Title: Snake with Flexible Parts, Jizai-okimono
  • Creator: Myōchin, photo by Kimura Youichi, Photo by Kimura Youichi
  • Type: metal, reptiles, movable
  • Original Source: Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
  • Rights: © Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
  • Medium: Metal

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