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Description of Doll for Sale
This is a stunning example of a Ichimatsu Ningyo Japanese boy doll from the late Meiji period (early 1900's). He has a composition and cloth body and is anatomically correct. The body is original with no repairs or repaint. The body is a motschmann style with composition shoulders hips (anatomically correct) lower arms and legs that are connected by cloth segments to make a very flexible body. The face has the cutest very prominent molded in dimples that are rarely seen on oriental dolls. The face does have a repair and repaint under one eye. There is a larger area of filling and repaint over the eye (see picture). He has a bowl cut hair do with a bald spot at the top of the head. There is painted in hair under the wig and on the sideburns. He is wearing his original hand sewn kimono and Obi tie. The back of the kimono has a garment charm symbol sewn into it. He also has a first place ribbon he won in a UFDC event in San Francisco in 1992.
Not sure what the bald spot on the top of the head signifies. It was definitely made like that. Most Buddhist families will have one son become a novice and serve a Buddhist temple for up to a year. For these novices they usually shave all of the head not just the crown. I have seen Ichimatsu Ningyo boys with samurai styled haircuts. This may just be a variant.
Layaway is possible on this doll. Please contact me for details.
The doll is 22 1/2 inches tall
The doll is unmarked.
Condition of Doll for Sale
The composition head and body has its original finish with no chips, cracks, or crazing. There is a fill and repaint around the left eye. The paint is a perfect match. You can see the repair mainly by seeing highlights reflected in the fill which is not as smooth as the original finish on the rest of the face. The head is mounted on a tubular neck that extends into the shoulder plate. It is loose in the socket to allow the body to be flexible. The original antique clothes are in good shape with no foxing or stains. The fabric of the kimono has several worn spots and holes. The fabric is still soft and sound.
The doll may have wear and flaws seen in used dolls. I try to describe significant flaws in my text and show them in picture. Read the text and examine the pictures to be sure you understand the dolls condition. If you have questions please email me.
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Antique Japanese Ichimatsu Ningyo Boy Doll Late Meiji Period