Misato Sano made sure that he always had a loyal friend by his side, even with a little mucus and fur. The sculptor, based in Japan’s Miagi prefecture, carved wooden statues and complete figures of well-bred dogs who preferred to leave a small pot of chisels on the outside of their structured buildings. Although unable to move, puppies have distinctive dog qualities such as plump body, wheezing tongue and pink bow that adorn their ears.
Each figure has a clear facial expression, whether curious, happy or contemplative. “When I work, I express the woman’s flexibility (myself and the object of admiration) like a dog,” he said in a statement. “Dogs are always loyal to their masters. I do my work in the hope that they will penetrate their audience.”
To learn more about the Sano process and see some of the original dogs that inspire their sculptures, visit Instagram and explore ceramics, embroidery and image sets on their website.