18th Century Edo Period Saga Ningyo of a young boy holding a rooster in one hand and a scepter in the
other. His head bobs while his tongue goes in and out. Carved entirely of wood, his robes are built up with pigments in a technique called 'moriage'. He has a gorgeous blue outer robe decorated with foliate scroll
slightly raised in relief. His inner robes are brown with shaped roundels of
geometric patterns and cloud shapes. This rarest of all Ningyo forms almost
never comes up for sale and are almost never seen except in museums or
important private collections. Saga Ningyo are considered the
"holy grail" of Ningyo. They were first produced in the early 17th Century. 10.75 inches (27cm) tall. Fine condition with original box and documents.