Traditional Japanese Geisha doll. Measures 41cm H. Black stand has small mark, otherwise in very good condition.
I bet a lot of you have been to Kyoto or want to go there some day. As you might know Kyoto is famous for its traditional old houses, historical sites, tons of World Heritage tagged temples and shrines and … for geishasof course. The best place to get an idea of what the ancient times in Kyoto were like is without a doubt Gion.
Doll making is a versatile art that encompasses many different skill sets. Dolls can be created out of a variety of materials, including plastic, vinyl, metal, wood, cloth and even clay. Dolls are also created for a variety of purposes, such as display figurines, toys and sculpture.
There are various types of traditional dollssome representing children and babies, some the imperial court, warriors and heroes, fairy-tale characters, gods and rarely demons, and also people of the daily life of Japanese cities. Many have a long tradition and are still made today, for household shrines, for formal gift-giving, or for festival celebrations such as Hinamatsurithe doll festival, or Kodomo no HiChildren's Day. Some are manufactured as a local craft, to be purchased by pilgrims as a souvenir of a temple visit or some other trip. Expert Alan Pate notes that temple records refer to the making of a grass doll to be blessed and thrown into the river at Ise Shrine in 3 BC; the custom was probably even more ancient, but it is at the root of the modern doll festival or Hinamatsuri.
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It does not cover every doll, because many were made by individual artists. These three figures are discussed on the Onnagata and Oiran page, with illustrations. The first two of the three dolls below appear to represent women; they show the role, rather than the onnagata or male actor playing the woman. The third doll, the Kagami Jishi lion, has a more masculine appearance and stage makeup to cue the viewer to understand that it represents an actor playing a lion.
Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question. Dolls at 9inch ,12inch ,14inch ,16inch ,22inch etc The faces of the characters are carved and made of bovine bone powder and gypsum. The hair of the characters is made of cotton fibers, and the clothes are cut from silk fabrics.
The traditional arts such as; dancing, playing traditional instruments and stage productions of ancient plays are valued by the community in Japanese culture. The term "gei" means one who is a performer of these ancient arts and the word for the world renowned "geisha" means "performer". In the world of the geisha, the performer must be able to entertain by singing, dancing and playing Japanese musical instruments. In this version of a Japanese geisha doll, the lovely geisha is captured as she dances with her parasol.