All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1950 item #1112274 (stock #J181)
These are wood curved miniature masks of various faces. They are: Okame ( or Otafuku ), Hannya, Hyottoko, Okame, Man, Old man ( clockwise from top left ). Okame or Otafuku is a derogatory name for a female clown or middle aged woman with an ugly face. Hannya is also a woman's face with horns with expression of rage. Hyottoko is a name of male clown or derogatory name for a man. It is said he is blowing on a fire with a bamboo pipe...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #1114893 (stock #J183)
This is a doll named "Eho-mairi". It means going and offering prayers at the temple or the shrine which is located in the lucky direction of the year on the New Year's Day. This doll is one of the Japanese dolls called "kimekomi ningyo" which is a wood carved figure with costume made of pasted textiles. The doll is holding a branch with many lucky toys hanging such as daruma, tai ( sea bream ), koban ( oval gold coin ), dice etc...