A demure image of grace and youth; this is a fine full sized Bunraku theater puppet dating from the later 19th or opening of the 20th century. This was shown at an exhibition of Bunraku related items, and a small catalog is included. The puppet is Osome, heroine in the play Shinpan Utazaimon Nozakimura no Dan (Osome Hisamatsu). She is dressed in a period red chirimen-silk kimono stencil-dyed with floral motifs and with embroidery of cranes; clouds and waves in couched silver thread. A mustard colored obi embellished with Phoenix and purple Wisteria; a white silk undergarment and silver crown of flowers complete her outfit. The kashira (head) is beautifully formed with a soft expression which lends itself to gaiety and sorrow depending upon the angle of the head. Both hands are mobile, so that she may dance, flexing her fingers. The puppet stands just short of 3 feet (90 cm) tall. A few loose threads on her kimono and a crack in the white gofun on her forehead near the hairline (hardly noticeable even in the photos) withstanding, in overall excellent condition.