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Samurai General Doll

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1940: Item # 193546

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Samurai General Doll
This is Taisho Ningyo for Japanese Boy’s Day on May 5th often acompanied by a retainer doll. Being Taisho means to be The General in this case (not Taisho period) and The Ningyo means the Doll. Many Taisho General and hero dolls have been made for centuries to be displayed along with Kabuto, Yoroi and other armor for the day. They were often given as a gift by the family members to the boy’s family. The writings on the box are Taisho Ningyo, made/purchased in the June of 1931, 6th year of Showa period. The quality indicates that the doll was made by the Maruhei of Kyoto in the Taisho/early Showa Period. The doll is 16 1/2 inches tall, the dimension of kiri (paulownia) box is 15 7/4 inches x 19 1/4 inches x 12 3/8 inches.

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