Hugging and hungry, the adorable cats are hand-sculpted like miniature sculptures

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February 20, 2022

Anna Marks

All images © Sakura Hanafusa, shared with permission

japanese sculptor Sakura Hanafusa carves whimsical sculptures of cats often carrying a range of foods including vegetables, sweets and cookies. In one of the feline statues, a snowy-haired creature peeks out from under a vanilla ice cream cone, while in another, a smiling duo clings to mushrooms and acorns. Adorable and playful, Hanafusa’s poses sometimes encourage interaction and mimicry, such as with the seven cats prancing for high fives, which also ask passers-by to raise their hands.

Hanafusa carves camphor then adds detail to his nose, sideburns and whiskers with oil paint. The characters are inspired by family and friend pets, all of which have playful expressions, whether smiling or shy and timid. While some of Hanafusa’s pieces are the size of real animals, others fit only in the palm of a hand, and some blend in with other objects, like his collection of plump felines with orange, satsuma body.

To see more of Hanafusa’s work, visit the artist’s website website and instagram. (via supersonic art)

Wooden cat sculptures by Sakura Hanafusa

Wooden cat sculptures by Sakura Hanafusa

Wooden cat sculptures by Sakura Hanafusa

Wooden cat sculptures by Sakura Hanafusa

Wooden cat sculptures by Sakura Hanafusa

#cats #miniatures #sculptures #wood

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