Lovely old small Oriental statue or doll of a Samurai we origninally thought, but a fellow collector has informed us this is Shoki the "Demon Queller." By legend, he was the retainer and bodyguard for Jimmu Tenno, the god who descended to Earth to become Japan's very first Emperor. He thinks this
piece dates from Showa (1926-1989) or possibly Taisho (1912-1925) period. Shoki typically holds a broadsword in his hand. This figurine figure is in original costume, huge beard, glass or china eyes, mounted on a slab of wood on a box as found. Wonderful facial expressions. Truly not a doll, but they call these by that term in their country, Japanese of course. The figure measures 8 and 1/2" not counting the box and wood. He is in good condition and we think a rare item to find. Possibly originally sold in a glass case, those were very fragile, or poor quality glass and most did not survive the trip home or shipping.
Samurai Japanese Figure Glass Eyes Original Costume Doll