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.