Via Inventorspot: Hello Kitty goes anatomical, and we discover she even has bows on her guts. Yikes!
But seriously – the second, faux-ivory Hello Kitty looks a little familiar. According to Inventorspot,
you can choose from regular style or an interesting antiqued version with a finish resembling aged ivory. This style is meant to look like a netsuke; a polished and sculpted toggle worn by Japanese citizens and samurai on their kimono sashes from the 17th century on – robes have no pockets, y’see.
A netsuke? Sure. But to me, ivory + anatomy = anatomical teaching models like these. (see also my post on obstetric models). While most of the specimens I’ve seen were European, there were some similar models in Japan, although I don’t know if they were fully dissected – like Hello Kitty.
That just sounds so disturbing, doesn’t it?