Antique Japanese kimono doll depicting an old woman in kimono holding an old-style Japanese broom. This old doll is in fair condition with small marks and scratches on the body, head and limbs and worn and faded fabric. The hair is falling out and the doll should be handled with care to reduce the chance of further hair loss. The doll dates from the early to mid Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) and may be missing its original accessories.
Many modern Japanese dolls often 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.
Height: 5.3 inches (13.7 centimeters)
Weight: 1.3 ounces (36 grams)
item code: R2S6-0004496
ship code: G3