16 inch Japanese Ichimatsu sexed boy baby c.1880 Red tint gofun Kimono & box
This 16" Japanese sexed baby boy doll, circa 1880's Meiji era, has a highly pigmented red gofun complexion. The color red was thought to ward off sickness and disease. With his loosely jointed hands and feet, soft stuffed cloth upper arms and legs, and wobbling head which needs support, this type of Japanese doll is daki-ningyo, "huggable doll", a play doll with the characteristics of a young baby. The upper and lower torso is separated by a voice box which no longer has sound. He is anatomically correct.
His round face has dark glass eyes, pierced nostrils, an open mouth and very large ears typical of the Japanese dolls of this era. A few wisps of the original wig remain over the painted black hair. The torso is covered with a paper wrap with stamped orange mark.
Please see pictures for the realistic sculpted details of the body.
Baby wears a red silk kimono with white bib collar and has a padded carrying blanket (fragile). He fits into the wooden box perfectly. In good condition with some discolor to the gofun on the face due to age, and chipped area shown in photos.
Note to new owner: please lap kimono correctly, left over right when redressing this dear baby boy!
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