Antique Japanese kimono doll designed to resemble a person carrying a pair of water buckets balanced between the ends of a decorated pole. This old doll is in poor to fair condition with chips, marks, cracks and scratches on the body, head and limbs and worn and faded fabric. The doll’s hair is falling out and the figure is unable to stand on its own and requires a prop to stand upright. It also appears that a piece of the pole is missing from one end. 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 square nail 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: 5.3 inches (13.5 centimeters)
Weight (doll and accessories): 1.1 ounces (31 grams)
item code: R2S5-0004377
ship code: G3