Illustration for article titled A study in decomposition, c. 1870

Today we have body farms. Toward the end of the 19th century, we had pieces like "Body of a Courtesan in Nine Stages," by Japanese artist Kobayashi Eitaku.

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Illustration for article titled A study in decomposition, c. 1870
Illustration for article titled A study in decomposition, c. 1870
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Illustration for article titled A study in decomposition, c. 1870
Illustration for article titled A study in decomposition, c. 1870
Illustration for article titled A study in decomposition, c. 1870
Illustration for article titled A study in decomposition, c. 1870
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Illustration for article titled A study in decomposition, c. 1870
Illustration for article titled A study in decomposition, c. 1870
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Illustration for article titled A study in decomposition, c. 1870

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