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Articulated spiny lobster
In celebration of the New Year, our Object of the Month for January is this iron model of an Ise ebi, a Japanese spiny lobster. Ise ebi are included in the traditional New Year’s meal in Japan, as they symbolise a long life. They were also associated with the armour of the samurai due to their tough segmented shell. Articulated animals were made to look and move like real animals, using cleverly concealed links and pins to make their joints flexible.
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