A Chinese doll of a grandmother in a traditional silk costume made from wood, wire, paper and gesso.
The figure has attached wire arms with wood hands covered with gesso and then painted. The hands have holes for holding something. Her head is lifelike, with paintings of hair and facial features. She has been dressed in a jacket and pants of silk. She has two earrings hanging from holes in her earlobes. The painting is quite accurate and expertly executed even to the flowers on the shoes. The wooden base is painted green and rests flat on a surface.
There is a stamped mark on the base in black and reads MADE IN CHINA .
10 ¼” (26.0 cm) tall x 5 ½” (14.0 cm) wide x 2 5/8” (6.7 cm) deep. Weighs 8.5 oz (240 g)
There is fraying and soiling to the silk costume. The holes in the hands would have held something which is now missing. There are chips to the paint on the chin, nose, the bun in the hair, and on the shoes. Her left foot is loose from the base but her right foot is still securely attached.
A small work of sculpture that is very old and lifelike. It’s amazing how much hand work went into the manufacture of this doll.
Chinese Grandmother Doll Circa 1920