Antique Japanese kimono doll designed to resemble a woman carrying a pair of water buckets balanced between the ends of a decorated pole. This old doll is in good condition with some marks and scratches on the body, head and limbs. The doll’s hair has fallen out completely. The doll dates from the mid to late Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) and may be missing its original accessories.
Many modern Japanese dolls include bodies which are often made of plastic or other composite materials, while old dolls such as this usually have bodies made of tightly packed rice straw or solid wood with hand-painted ceramic or plaster heads displaying striking features. The neck of these older dolls is usually made of a sharpened stick or length of wire which is used to secure the head to the doll’s body. Removing the head (pull gently) reveals the body beneath the layers of textured cloth and paper clothes and shows the head to be a unique and artistic piece of work in its own right. In fact, particularly well made or very old Japanese doll heads are sometimes more highly sought after than the complete dolls they were originally attached to!
Height of doll (excluding stand but including cap): 5.9 inches (15.0 centimeters)
Height of stand: 0.8 inches (2.0 centimeters)
Width of stand: 5.5 inches (14.0 centimeters)
Depth of stand: 3.9 inches (10.0 centimeters)
Weight: 2.9 ounces (84 grams)
item code: R2S5-0004378
ship code: G3