Set of two antique samurai dolls

Price:  350,00

Set of two antique samurai dolls 武者人形 (Musha ningyô) in full armour:

Emperor Ôjin 応神天皇 (Ôjin Tenpô) wears an impressive brocade kamishimo 裃 (samurai costume) above which some elements of a yoroi (suit-of-armour).
A lavish helmet (kabuto) adorns his head surmounted by a dragon maedate.
Along his side he keeps two swords, a long black and red bow and in his hand a saihai (commander’s baton), which was a sign of rank and a signal device.
The brilliant white skin is created by applying repeated layers of the pigment called gofun 胡粉, which is the refined powder of the itabo oyster (Ostrea denselamellosa). He sits on a separate wooden frame.

A samurai retainer kneels at his side. Although, a bit less elaborate, this samurai still wears a luxurious silk brocade outfit with yoroi-elements. A peachy coloured plump face, and wearing a black jingasa (soldiers hat).

Dimensions noble samurai:
Height 41 cm, Width 28 cm, Depth 29 cm.
Dimensions retainer:
Height 25.5 cm, Width 26 cm, Depth 28 cm.

Period: Japan – 19th century (Late Edo period/Early Meiji period).

Considering their age, the dolls and the costumes are in a fair condition with traces of age and wear, like wear of fabric and some paper loss. The retainer is in 2 parts. For a clear condition reference, please take a close look at the photos.

Musha ningyô were displayed during Boy’s day. May 5 marks tango no sekku, which in Japan is also known as Boys’ Day. In Japan, the focus of tango no sekku was traditionally on male children, with decorations and specially prepared dishes intended to ensure that sons grew into healthy and prosperous adults. The emphasis broadened to include both boys and girls when the day was adopted as the national holiday Children’s Day in 1948. (From

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : C1076


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