Charming lady with child, purchased in Kyoto, Japan in 1977.
The doll is 7 1/2" tall and is affixed to a wooden base, 3 1/2" x 2 1/2". She wears traditional clothing and has a baby on her back. She holds a drum or toy at her shoulder to delight the child.
The faces of both the mother and child are gofun, a paste of oyster shell polished to look like smooth skin. The facial features are hand painted, and the hair is a traditional style.
Condition - the gofun is stained a bit on the ladies face and has separated at the hairline. There is a small spot of glue on her hair, and she must have had a hair ornament. This doll has been in storage since the mid 1980's and I will continue to search for the hair decoration.
I have not attempted any restoration. Despite the small damages, this doll has a graceful and charming pose. The small child makes this especially endearing.
This doll is part of a large collection of dolls from around the world. The former owner collected these over the course of many decades, from her travels or the travels of friends and family. They date from the 1930's to about 1979. She kept a record of the year and place of acquisition, so we are able to identify most of these dolls. We would like to find new homes for all these dolls, and are happy to combine shipping and to consider offers for multiple purchases.