Japanese “Gosho Ningyo” doll of a plump male child in a kneeling position holding a colorfully painted rooster in his right arm. The boy is wearing a fabric bib with painted designs that has 2 ties in the back. He wears a black crinkled eboshi hat that’s secured by a thin rope that is tied in a bow under the chin. The eyes, eyebrows, and hair accents are painted in black while the pursed lips are accented in red. The core of the doll is made of wood and its surface is painted with multiple layers of gofun that has been carefully polished to a soft sheen. The applied hair is original as well as all the other accessories. There are age cracks (mostly in the back). The attractive face shows strength, intelligence, masculinity and boldness.
ORIGIN: Japan—the doll is a gift associated with the Imperial Court and symbolizes good luck.
DATE: Early 1800’s
SIZE: 9.52 CM (3.75 inches)
CONDITION: All original, no repairs.