Highly collectable clay art doll called Miyoshi doll, which is also known as Miyoshi-deko (clay figure) featuring forty-seven ronin. The doll usually has a peculiar gloss all over them, especially on their faces. It is a simple but has a hint of beauty expressed by a Japanese traditional techniques handed down from generation to generation.
The origin of Miyoshi dolls is said to date back to 1630, when Chuemon Osaki came to Miyoshi, found some good clay in Yamaga (now Yamaga-cho, Miyoshi City) and settled there to build a kiln. Following that, in 1641, Nagaharu Asano, the founder of the Miyoshi-han (feudal clan), had clay dolls baked by Kisaburo Mori, a doll maker in Asakusa, Edo (now Tokyo). Those were said to be the first Miyoshi dolls.
The story about the forty-seven Ronin, Samurai is to revenge, also known as the Akō vendetta or the Genroku Akō incident, which is a 18th-century historical event and a legend in Japan in which a band of ronin (leaderless samurai) avenged the death of their master. One noted Japanese scholar described the tale as the best known example of the samurai code of honor, bushidō, and as the country's "national legend."
It is in reasonable condition due to its great age. The gloss surface has been somewhat lost all over the doll.
W 8 1/4” x H13 3/4” x D5 7/8 (W21 x H35cm x D15cm)