Posted by: softypapa | February 6, 2008

Antique Japanese Fushimi Dolls – Fukakusa Inari Ningyo

Antique Japanese Fushimi Dolls Fukakusa Inari Ningyo Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Fushimi Dolls Fukakusa Inari Ningyo Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Fushimi Dolls Fukakusa Inari Ningyo Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Fushimi Dolls Fukakusa Inari Ningyo Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Fushimi Dolls Fukakusa Inari Ningyo Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Fushimi Dolls Fukakusa Inari Ningyo Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Fushimi Dolls Fukakusa Inari Ningyo Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Fushimi Dolls Fukakusa Inari Ningyo Japan Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Antique Japanese Fushimi ceramic figures.  Dolls such as this are thought to have originated in the town of Fushimi near the ancient imperial capital of Kyoto.  The figures were first manufactured around the start of the Edo period (1600-1868) and were sold to pilgrims visiting the famous Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine (Shinto is the native religion of Japan).  The dolls were thought to possess power from the shrine which would bless the homes of the returning pilgrims, and thus Fushimi dolls have always been appreciated as spiritual gifts.  Fushimi dolls are also sometimes called Fukakusa or Inari dolls and are considered one of the top three varieties of traditional Japanese fire clay dolls.  Sadly, these dolls are one of Japan’s disappearing crafts, as while there were once as many as twenty kilns in Fushimi dedicated to the creation of these figures, there remains today in this town only one.

About the Listed Item

These authentic ceramic Fushimi dolls date from the Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912) and is today in fair condition with no cracks though the dolls do have some small marks and scratches from handling.  The figures must be held with care as the colored chalk-like finish can come away easily if the statues are rubbed.  The doll also wears a darkened patina suggestive of its age and many years of past display.

Size:
Height: 2.7 inches (7.0 cm)
Weight (combined): 1.8 ounces (51 grams)

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item code: R3S4B4-0003866
ship code: L1650

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