Antique Japanese Kimekomi Ningyo: Heian Court Lady
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1920: item # 972861
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B & C Antiques
P. O. Box 291
Derby, CT 06418
This lovely early 20th century Japanese doll with long hair and layered robes represents an aristocratic court lady during the imperial Heian period (794 to 1185). Her silk brocade robes are tucked into a wood body, and her face and single outstretched hand are finished with several layers of white gofun (crushed oyster shell). Her expressive facial features are well modeled and hand painted in wonderful detail, with a delicately painted hairline and sculpted eyes. Her mouth is open, showing white teeth, a feature found only on dolls of the highest quality. There are two black dots painted on her forehead, a form of make-up adopted by members of the court during the Heian period. Her silk robes are modeled after the traditional formal dress for women at the imperial court, which was worn in many layers. Her long flowing, which is parted in the middle and tied in back, falls nearly to her feet.
The term “kimekomi” means to “tuck in” in Japanese. Silk brocade or crepe fabric was glued and tucked into grooves of the doll body made of wood or pulverized paulownia (kiri wood) mixed with jute fiber and glue. This method was first used with the clothes of wooden Kamo dolls.
CONDITION is excellent, with no damage to the gofun.
DIMENSIONS: 7” (17.8 cm) high, 4 ˝” (11.4 cm) wide, 3 ˝” (9 cm) deep.