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These dishes of lifelike pigs have upset netizens

What happens when food is served in its original appearance? A Japanese company has taken the first step of realizing that fantasy by presenting dishes using miniature pigs. And it seems that netizens are not ready for it.

Pictures of katsu cutlets, buns and miso soup ingredients presented in the shape of lifelike, tiny pigs have been posted up on Twitter by its maker Nagao Sample since July 17, and soon went viral on the platform and Chinese social networks.

The pigs were inedible plastic replicas made for restaurant window displays, according to the Daily Mail.

While some netizens praised the company’s creativity, more said that they had a hard time looking at the pictures. The realness of the pigs destroyed their appetite.

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Footed Dish is a minimalist design created by Japan-based designer Oji Masanori. The design utilizes Asunaro wood, which is a yellowish straight-grained, light, and strong material that is also very durable to water. The wood also has antibacterial properties that present itself as a prime candidate for preparing and serving food. The height of the tray was also considered so that it would be aligned with the height of the other dishes being served.

PRE-COLUMBIAN FERTILITY DISH

South America

100 A.D. - 1100 A.D.

9.25" tall x 8.25" across x 3" deep

This is an EXTREMELY RARE MUSEUM-CLASS example of a superbly preserved Pre-Columbian fertility dish attributed to the Mochica Culture of South America.  It features a stunning, three-dimensional form of a woman laying on her back nude, with prominent anatomical features.  Traces of the beautiful light blue-gray pigment that once dominated the piece, still remain, as does original red pigment to the woman’s face.  The exact purpose of this dish is not known but most definitely, it would have served as a focal object of fertility rituals and practices amongst these ancient people.  There is a suspension hole at the top that is still filled with original sediment.  It is possible this dish would have been hung in a shrine or temple dedicated to fertility and used periodically, or kept as a piece intended to make offerings to.

Amazingly, this piece survived INTACT and the only work performed is the filling of a single crack, filling of a few small chips to the rim, and very minor restoration to some areas of faint blue-gray pigment on some areas surrounding the female figure.  The red pigment on her face is original as is the vast majority of the main blue-gray traces of pigment.

We have handled an extraordinary number of exceptional Pre-Columbian ceramics over the past 30 years and after a while, very little stands out as interesting.  This piece is the exception and it has an incredible amount of personality, presence and sculptural aesthetic seldom seen in most ancient vessels.  

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