Japanese Gofun Taisho Era Gosho-Ningyo Child Palace Doll on Pedestal

This is a petite Japanese gosho-ningyo or palace doll from the late Taisho era (circa 1925), standing on a decorative pedestal base. Gosho-ningyô or "palace dolls" usually depict young chubby boys, often in playful poses. This little fellow stands 4" tall. The 2 tiered base is 2" tall. The doll's body is covered with beautiful colorful silk fabrics. The soles of the feet can be seen from the bottom. Mitten-like hands protrude from the sleeves. He has a moonishly round face with molded hair and exposed ears. A small wig of real hair is affixed on top.

Condition: Some wear to the toes, paint loss to the hair, some age darkening of clothing color and face, and hair is a bit mussy.

The expression on this little tyke's face looks like he was woken too early from a nap and stuffed still sleepy into his finery to be posed. He looks like he is still not quite awake. What a cute fellow.

Item ID: Ju12jcd612


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