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Japanese warrior doll (Musha Ningyo)
Date: Late 18th century
Carved wood head covered in Gofun painted with expressive feature and custumed in fine brocade, an elabarate helmet with a Shishi Maedate (can be dismounted), gold lacquer applied over black lacquer for armor and neck guard, represented warrior Minamoto No Yoshitsune seated on a camp stool holding a war-fan
Height: 50 cm
Note: Musha Ningyo (literally, "warrior dolls") are elaborately costumed dolls displayed for the Boy's Day Festival held on May 5th. They almost exclusively feature heroic military figures and episodes from Japan"s history. For only a short period every year, they were brought out from carefully kept storage to display at home around the Boy's Day Festival and to wish for boys to grow strong. Also they were regarded as guardians of the boy's souls, protecting them against diseases and bad influences.

Item Number #215
Price US$3,900.00

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