In the northern part of the main Japanese island of Honshu and particularly on the island of Hokkaido winters can be very harsh and bitter cold. In the past, people kept warm by putting on extra layers of kimono, stoking the hibachi heating brazier, and drinking warm sake. Children and babies required extra attention to ensure their comfort and some were provided with makeshift cradles (yurikago) fashioned from large baskets or wooden tubs stuffed with carefully arranged blankets. A drawstring at the top was used to snug the little one warm in his bed where he could sleep or rest happily on the floor with his family. The cradle could even be used to transport a child to community events such as temple festivals (note the baby in his cradle on the ground in the last photo below). The Japanese doll or ningyo offered with this listing recreates the look and feel of such an old fashioned Japanese cradle.
About the Listed Item
This particular cradle doll includes a woven straw basket and pillowed bedding decorated with beautifully patterned fabric. The doll is in good condition with some slight scratches and marks from handling and age. This figure dates from the mid to late Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) and was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, Japan near the foot of Mt Fuji.
Height: 3.3 inches (8.5 centimeters)
Weight: 2.2 ounces (63 grams)
item code: R2S5-0004473
ship code: L1650