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The Rarest of Edo Period Bijin Saga Ningyo

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1800   item# 1132141 (stock# R607)

The Rarest of Edo Period Bijin Saga Ningyo
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917-675-1369


$25,000 

A large, rarest of rare Japanese 18th century Bijin Saga Ningyo, depicting a standing female holding her flowing kimono. Saga Ningyo are the most sought after of all Japanese Ningyo. They are almost never seen on the market, and only rarely enter Western collections, public or private. This is a once-in-a -lifetime opportunity for the serious connoisseur of Japanese art. This finely carved and sculpted figure is a masterpiece from all angles. The rich pigmentation of the robes are built up with pigments in a technique called 'moriage'. The many classic patterns are extraordinary. Saga Ningyo are very different from more familiar Japanese Ningyo forms. This Saga Ningyo, an exceptional and magical presence to behold, is of an unusually large size (18.5 inches, 47 cm), significantly larger than most known examples. The exact and detailed treatment of her kosode kimono, the flowing lines of the carving, the elegant arrangement of her comb-secured hairstyle, and the rendering of her gorgeous face, is an artistic achievement on the highest level.


Rare and Very Fine Japanese Iki Ningyo (Living Doll)

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1900   item# 1146560 (stock# R622)

Rare and Very Fine Japanese Iki Ningyo (Living Doll)
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917-675-1369


$21,000 

Rare Japanese Iki Ningyo (Living Doll) depicting a man clothed only in a loincloth, showing his perfect physique, with left arm raised and right hand gesturing his strength. Superbly crafted in the latter part of the 19th century for the export market, fulfilling the demand for Japanese “exotica”, following Japan’s opening to the West in the mid-19th century. Fashioned of wood and covered in naturally pigmented gofun, with inset glass eyes, and featuring individually inserted human hair strands, depicted with a bushy mustache and chin beard, finely detailed musculature executed in a hyper-realistic manner, mounted on a burl wood stand. A superior museum-quality masterpiece from all angles. Published in Japanese Dolls: The Fascinating World of Ningyo. 20.5 inches, 52 cm.


Very Large and Rare 19th Century Bijin Iki Ningyo

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1900   item# 1218537 (stock# 0653)

Very Large and Rare 19th Century Bijin Iki Ningyo
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917-675-1369


$17,500 

An extremely rare and very large 19th Century Meiji Period Japanese Iki Ningyo (living figure) of a young Bijin. An exquisite Ningyo representing idealized feminine Japanese beauty. She is posing as if for a photograph or for an artist. Every aspect is hyper realistic: the hair, eye lashes, accessories, and the painted kimono. She is holding a silver mirror and hair ornament as part of a collection of hair ornaments featuring a lacquered comb. Her beautiful face changes from different angles. Iki Ningyo in feminine form are rare; most are male forms. 27 inches, 68.5 cm.


18th Century Edo Period Kyoho-bina Ningyo

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1800   item# 1218528 (stock# 0652)

18th Century Edo Period Kyoho-bina Ningyo
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917-675-1369


$14,000 

18th Century Japanese Edo Period pair of Kyoho-Bina Ningyo, an exceedingly rare early 18th century. An exceptional example of this early style. The finest quality in all aspects, featuring rich silk matching brocades in an elegant floral pattern with auspicious treasures on multilayered robes creating a classical form. All accessories and stands are original, very rare for such an early piece. Fine faces of gofun (oyster shell lacquer) aged to a burnished tone, with painted details. They have a museum collection number. Kyoho-Bina are one of the earliest styles, and are the Tiffany of hina display dolls. Emperor: 18 inches (46 cm), Empress: 17 inches (43 cm).


Masterpiece Rendition of the Hundred Figures

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1900   item# 1146641 (stock# R632)

Masterpiece Rendition of the Hundred Figures
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917-675-1369


$14,000 

This is an amazing masterpiece rendition, circa 1890, by Tetsuzan of the kaga ningyo Hundred Figures made in 1717 by Buddhist sculptor, Ryukei, now in the Kyoto National Museum. Ryukei I's pre-eminent work has statuettes only centimeters high arranged on a tiered shelf, street-scene-like. The beautifully carved figures show everyday scenes from all walks of life: a child pulls at his mother's arm; an old woman stoops, crooked with age; two men argue; monks beg; samurai guard; and performers perform. The collection is impressive in its understated application of the skills of sacred tradition in portraying the quotidian, secular life. This set has 93 people (88 pieces). All of the kaga ningyo are carved of wood and are wonderfully painted. A title is written at the bottom of each ningyo stand. The dolls can stored in the nine paulownia boxes. The title and artist's name is written on each box. Most of the ningyo are around 5.5cm (2 3/16 inches) to 6cm (2 3/8 inches) high. Tiered shelf: 64cm (25 3/16 inches) high, 60.5cm (23 13/16 inches) wide, 12.5cm (4 15/16 inches) deep. Each piece is carved to perfection and stands on its own as a work of art.


Early and Fine Example of Kintaro, Boys' Day Doll

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1900   item# 653570 (stock# R194)

Early and Fine Example of Kintaro, Boys' Day Doll
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917-675-1369


$13,750 

A one of a kind, very large early example of this Musha-Ningyo (Boys' Day Figure). This legendary figure first appeared for Boys Day in the late 19th Century. He is the Japanese equivalent to Hercules. He is always shown with a ruddy complexion, as seen in Japanese woodblock prints, scrolls and screens. He is a magnificent sculpture, Iki and Gosho in style. He holds an Axe and wears a sumptuous embroidery brocade featuring a mythical Turtle. 19th Century (circa 1880). 29 inches (74cm) height.


Muromachi Period Ningyo, Museum Quality and Very Rare

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1700   item# 833475 (stock# R271)

Muromachi Period Ningyo, Museum Quality and Very Rare
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917-675-1369


$13,400 

An Extraordinary and Scarce, Museum Quality Find. Early 16th Century Muromachi Period Saga Ningyo of the Goddess Kannon, in a rare and elegant standing form. Carved entirely of wood, her costume is built up with pigments in a technique called 'moriage'. Her gorgeous robes are decorated with foliate scroll slightly raised in relief. This rarest of all Ningyo forms almost never comes up for sale and are never seen except in museums or important private collections. Saga Ningyo are considered the "holy grail" of Ningyo. This fine and exceedingly rare example is one the first produced in the 16th Century. 5 inches (13cm) high (figure only, not including base). Base: 3.25 inches (8cm) wide.


Fine Japanese Palace Doll, Gosho Ningyo

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1837 VR   item# 833544 (stock# R269)

Fine Japanese Palace Doll, Gosho Ningyo
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917-675-1369


$12,250 

Early 19th Century Edo Period Standing Gosho Ningyo with fine Mizuhiki ribbons painted hair. There are several forms of Mizuhiki, including one used to tie the hair of samurai. This fine ningyo has a round, well executed face with a charming expression, and is covered overall in a fine white gofun with painted features, sexed, and dressed in red chirimen silk crepe. Gosho-ningyō (Palace Dolls) are one of the most distinctive forms of Japanese doll. They were given as gifts within the imperial family. This chubby boy is in a playful pose holding cherry blossoms made of silk and paper. 13 inches (33cm) high x 10 inches (25.5cm) wide.


Meiji Period Oiran Courtesan and Attendant Dolls

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1900   item# 1218511 (stock# 0651)

Meiji Period Oiran Courtesan and Attendant Dolls
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917-675-1369


$8900 

Very Large 19th Century Meiji Period Japanese Ningyo pair of an Oiran Bijin, the highest ranking Kyoto courtesan bijin and her Kamuro (attendant), an elaborately attired pair of the finest quality. The Oiran and her attendant are wearing the most gorgeous, sumptuous brocades and textiles, all hand woven and painted chirimen silk crepe of beautiful shabori designs. The faces are exquisitely carved and covered with many layers of gofun (white oyster shell lacquer). Their expressions are just wonderful. Their fantastic hairstyles have an array of decorative ornaments. Her draping outer kimono (uchigake) is done in a beautiful floral pattern kinran design with a thick padded hem. There are endless exquisite details creating this masterwork. Mounted on a black lacquered stand. Oiran: 28 inches (71cm), Attendant: 20 inches (51 cm).


Finest Example of Highly Sought After Palace Baby Doll

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1900   item# 626846 (stock# R107)

Finest Example of Highly Sought After Palace Baby Doll
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917-675-1369


$8700 

Japanese Hai Hai Gosho Ningyō. This extremely rare form of Japanese Doll is one of the most sought after of Gosho (Palace Doll). They were presented to royalty and upper class at the birth of a baby, and placed in the baby's chamber to protect from bad spirits. This is a very large example of this type of Gosho. It is covered with many layers of Gofun (Oyster Shell Lacquer) over papier mache. The hair is made entirely of silk. This most adorable baby is wearing a brocade bib and sits on a cushion while holding a Din Din (toy). Late 19th Century. 8.5 inches (21.5cm) high x 15.75 inches (40cm) long. From a widely renowned and published collection that has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum and Japan Society.


Gosho Ningyo Warrior by the 10th Generation Rozon

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1960   item# 1001105 (stock# R296)

Gosho Ningyo Warrior by the 10th Generation Rozon
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917-675-1369


$7300 

Japanese Gosho Ningyō with Samurai Attire, Signed by the 10th Generation Ningyo Artist Rozon. This master work is the results of ten generations and three centuries of ningyo artists. Unfortunately, it seems it is the end of the line for this studio. The children are not interested in continuing, which we think is sad. This Gosho is one of the most amazing examples of 20th century Japanese art. It features so many wonderful examples of great Japanese art forms. The face is just beautiful with inset eyes and fine gofun finish. 25h x 19w inches, 63.5h x 48w cm.


Set of Edo Period Emperor and Empress Dolls

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1800   item# 1001100 (stock# R77)

Set of Edo Period Emperor and Empress Dolls
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917-675-1369


$7300 

Rare Edo Period Kokin-bina Style of Empress & Emperor. Minor wear, fading to textile, otherwise fine condition. A classic, very early example of a Dairi-bina Imperial Couple for the Hina-matsuri Girl's Day celebration. The Emperor and Empress are seated atop a woven ungenberi fronted dais. They are a very fine early example. The emperor is wearing a lacquered court cap and tail, holding a shaku scepter, the me-bina lady is wearing a spectacular crown, and has a fabulous painted fan. All formal court attire. Their presence evokes the period with their gorgeous faces and sumptuous brocade and accessories. They are a masterpiece of the art of Ningyo. 19h x 35.5w, 48h x 90w cm.


Rare and Intact Edo Period Pair of Samurai Ningyo

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1090553 (stock# R317)

Rare and Intact Edo Period Pair of Samurai Ningyo
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917-675-1369


$7300 

Japanese Edo Period Musha Ningyo (Boys Day) Dolls, Samurai Set. Ningyo this early almost never appear for sale, much less with accessories, as we have here with this very fine quality pair. They have finely carved faces, and are lacquered with many coats of gofun (white oyster shell pigment). They are adorned with sumptuous silk brocades and silk armor, indicative of Edo Period Ningyo artistry. Tallest Ningyo: 19 inches (48.25cm).


Musha Ningyo of Shoki the Demon Queller and Oni Demon

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1900   item# 946045 (stock# R304)

Musha Ningyo of Shoki the Demon Queller and Oni Demon
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917-675-1369


$7300 

Musha Ningyo of Shoki the Demon Queller, mid-19th Century late Edo early Meiji Period. An unusually large and early version holding a captured Oni (demon). This is a rare find for this subject. He is powerful and majestic. His face carved of wood with crystal eyes and massive beard and hair made of silk is a masterwork. He wears a Chinese cap and a robe with gorgeous, sumptuous brocades. According to Japanese folklore, the spirit of Shōki is able to scare away demons. Families with male children even today display Ningyo of Shōki to ward off evil spirits during the Boys' Day festival (Tango no Sekku, May 5th of each year). 23 inches (58.5cm) high.


Edo Period Ningyo of Takenouchi no Sukune and Attendant

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1800   item# 1031039 (stock# R004)

Edo Period Ningyo of Takenouchi no Sukune and Attendant
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917-675-1369


$6600 

Edo Period Musha-ningyo of Minister Takenouchi no Sukune and Attendant. Superb large-scale Edo period example (circa 1800) of Musha-ningyo warrior dolls for the Boy's Day display. Takenouchi is depicted kneeling and holding the baby Ojin in his arms. He has an unusually animated and well-rendered face, with fine gofun lacquer and painted features. Both figures have rich silk brocades in near mint condition. Height: 15 inches, 38 cm.

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