This cute little character baby is marked "Nippon," the name used by Japan on its products until 1921. Japan entered the doll market during WWI, when the flow of German bisque dolls to the United States was cut off, and the Japanese closely copied their German counterparts. He is unusual because he has a composition body, as most of the Nippon dolls in this size are all bisque. His bisque head is good quality and is well decorated for this type of doll. He is a cheerful little child with blue painted eyes and smiling parted lips. His composition body is in good condition and has painted shoes and socks. There are also traces of red finger lines on his right hand. He is jointed on inside hooks and has been restrung. Lying down he is 6 inches from the soles of his feet to the top of his head, making him just the right size for a larger doll to cuddle. The head is free of breaks or chips and the composition body is in good condition, with some slight wear around the neck socket. There is a bit of mold debris on the left side of the bridge of his nose and some scattered black specks, but these are only noticeable on close inspection. This chubby cherub is not only adorable, but is an early example of a Japanese bisque doll and an important part of doll history.
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