This Japanese vintage Ichimatsu Doll 一松人形 of gofun and wearing a silk kimono was created by famous designer Seikoh 清晃, and was made by the multi-million dollar Japanese company Yoshitoku. She represents a dancing ichimatsu doll with a drum and dressed for a dance or most likely a festival.
She is made of a wood composite and oyster shell called 'gofun' which is a very well known and popular material for making dolls in Japan. Her skill looks real and does her hair. She has a beautiful face and complexion. She has a great combination of an up and down hairdo. Her eyes are glass. Her kimono gown is embroidered silk, cotton, and manmade materials, the silk is called 'Chirimen', which is Japanese raw silk crêpe widely used for kimonos. She is holding a drum and a fan. The picture with the arrow on the drum is not damage. It was untaped for packing and shipping, and will need to be reinforced and taped back up for display. She comes with the fan. mat, and stand with the artist and company name. We do not know the exact age, but make it to be anywhere between 30-50 years old.
She is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. There may be some age-related wears. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We are careful to check incoming items for any unusual smells. Again please let us know if you have any questions. This is a purchase from a well- known and honest, quality antique dealer.
Size: Height 14.2 inches or 36 cm
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Ichimatsu dolls 一松人形
Definition from Wikipedia: Ichimatsu dolls represent little girls or boys, correctly proportioned and usually with flesh-colored skin and glass eyes. The original Ichimatsu were named after an 18th-century Kabuki actor, and must have represented an adult man, but since the late 19th century the term has applied to child dolls, usually made to hold in the arms, dress, and pose (either with elaborately made joints or with floppy cloth upper arms and thighs). Baby boy dolls with mischievous expressions were most popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, but in 1927 the friendship doll exchange involved the creation of 58 32″ dolls representing little girls, to be sent as a gift from Japan to the United States, and the aesthetic of these dolls influenced dollmakers to emulate this type of a solemn, gentle-looking little girl in elaborate kimono.
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