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Japanese Girl Ichimatsu Doll

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1940: item # 169496

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P. O. Box 291
Derby, CT 06418

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Japanese Girl Ichimatsu Doll
Charming “Ichimatsu ningyo” or “Yamato ningyo” doll created in the 1920’s or early 1930’s. This endearing little girl has a soft well-rounded face, an appealing gentle expression, and a sweet serene composure. She has a flesh colored complexion, long thick black hair, brown glass inset eyes, wide brush-stroked eyebrows, handpainted lower eyelashes and a closed soft smile. Her arms are attached to her paper-wrapped torso with fabric, and her face, arms and legs have a rich gofun (crushed oyster shell) finish over wood-substance composition. Her hands are protected with their original paper wrappers. The fabrics in her clothing have been designed to the doll’s scale. Her sumptuous hand-stitched silk costume is complete with a formal layered red kimono flecked with gold, a brocade obi, a tucked pink crepe “obi-age” and white crepe “obi-jime” which is tied around the obi to hold the bow in place. She is held upright on a black lacquer stand. Their characteristic child-like appeal has made Ichimatsu dolls very popular with western collectors. Anyone who owns an Ichimatsu ningyo understands the sense of “soul” created by the doll artist as he brought the doll to life. Symbolic of the past, they are also an artful expression of the unique beauty of Japanese childhood.

CONDITION: It is rare to find Ichimatsu dolls of this quality; she is in perfect condition.

DIMENSIONS: 16” (40.7 cm) with stand.

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