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Incredible Huge Rare Vintage Japanese Ichimatsu Ningyo Boy Doll Showa Period
On Layaway; thank you P.! From my private antique doll collection, Here is an elegant and show stopping Huge Vintage Japanese Ichimatsu Ningyo Boy doll, so rare in this size, from the Showa Period, in approximately 1950. Ichimatsu dolls, like other ningyo, are considered an art form in Japan and represent the essence of Japanese children. He measures approximately thirty two (32") tall. This doll is over 60 years old and was sold by an antique dealer in Japan. He is garbed in an antique silk kimono made for a real boy, and worn long ago by a real boy before the purchase of the doll to model his kimono. His swivel head, arms with attached hands and legs with attached feet are made from Gofun, the traditional Japanese material used in Ichimatsu doll comprised of oyster paste. Japanese Ichimatsu dolls were and are both decorative and play dolls and he looks to have been mainly displayed with very few signs of having been played with. His head is in fine condition with only one short hairline, on the side seam well off the face or any features. It has not grown in the many decades we have had him in our collections. He has such a serene and elegant face, with finely carved and delicately painted mouth. His interior is held together by the traditional paper which contains the stamp and signature of the doll artist. As is traditional, he has a paper covered frame and upper legs. His head and limbs are covered with gofun (a crushed oyster shell mixture) and probably have a wood pulp core. He has the traditional very pale pink complexion, for a play rather than formal doll. His facial features are well sculpted and hand painted, with pierced nostrils. The hand painted detail of each strand of hair is finely done for his eyebrows. lashes and the hair of his head; there are some small and faint areas of wear in his hair. His deep brown/black enamel under glass eyes have pronounced shaping of the eye sockets, and pronounced modeling of the ears shows great sensitivity. He has fabric upper arms, stuffed possibly with sea grass or straw, a torso that has tiny molded "chest-buttons", separately molded hips ( his paper covering precludes looking to see if he is sexed; the covering has a tear in the back that has been glued together) gofun arms and legs with four and one half inches (4 1/2")long well sculpted bare feet and a segmented paper wrapped torso which is original. He has the original chest squeaker that does not seem to work any longer. His antique real boy's kimono has the traditional long loose sleeves that are segmented at the shoulders. The pattern of the kimono is of such boys' toys as drums, spinning tops, presents, fans, scrolls, and good luck and long life symbols such as cranes, pine trees, the ying-yang while the lining of the gown is pure white silk. He has his original wooden platform of unstained wood with a tall wooden piece to hold him steady. He is a doll that will be the focal point for a collection, or perfect as a decorative accent piece. He has long been displayed in his own niche, on a separate carved oriental wooden stand ( not for sale here), as he is definitely a piece of art sculpture, as well as a doll for which you can be justly and highly proud.
Please note that the stand is very heavy, and tall, the doll is very tall, and can not bend and so shipping is for a very oversized box, and will be expensive.
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Patricia Madden, Helotes, TX
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