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Set of Six Antique Japanese Puppets

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1900: Item # 1174531
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Japanese antique wonderful set of six puppet figures, known as oshi-e ningyo. The set includes a beautiful maiden, a samurai, a female attendant, a male official, Ebisu and Daikoku, figures are made of very thinly shaved layers of wood and paper with silk clothing and painted details, each figure is held by a stick and fitted with a stand (made later), the oshi-e ningyo were often made by households in Northeastern Japan and were made to celebrate girls day or as a prayer for happiness. Today the art is often seen on battledores. Meiji Period. Sizes range from 15" high (19" with stand) to 10" high (14" with stand). 19 1/2" widest