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Pair of Japanese Edo Period Musha Ningyo Courtier Dolls

$6,500per set

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Two exquisite Japanese musha ningyo dolls, crafted as courtiers. The older man can be identified as the historical figure Takenouchi no Sukune, a trusted court advisor to the warrior Empress Jingu and later, her son Ojin. He is always portrayed as an elderly man with a gaunt face and long white beard and mustache. He kneels on one knee, and is dressed ins simple black robes, with a simple black lacquer eboshi, in stark contrast to his younger companion, who sits in a more typical court fashion, and wears much richer brocaded robes, and a gilt lacquer eboshi. Made for Boys' Day celebrations, these two dolls embody ideals of masculine virtues that young boys are supposed to strive towards. In this case, the values of piety, loyalty, grace, beauty, culture and refinement, among others, are on clear display. Crafted in typical ningyo fashion of carved wood, the faces, hands and feet covered in gofun (crushed oyster shell paste), and dressed in silk robes, with silk for hair. The faces of both with inset glass eyes for added realism.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.5 in. (36.83 cm)Width: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Depth: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Edo (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 19th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading. Shattering to the silk robes of Takenouchi. Minor flaking to the gofun to both dolls. The younger doll missing one lappet to the costume. Please see photos.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU89475208013

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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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