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Palace doll

Price:  380,00

An outstanding and uncommon small gosho’ningyô 御所人形 (palace doll) of a kneeling plump child with a white skin and a small refined elegant face, like a noble. His hair is carefully tied up in pigtails using red ribbons, over which a protective headscarf. The soft, white texture of the 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).
They child is wearing a silk bib and jacket.

As he placed on feet in front of him, it looks like he is just about to stand up. While he is playfully holding up his right hand, and holding a toy with colour-full strings in his left.

Approx. size:
Height 15.5 cm, Width 14.5 cm, Depth 10.5 cm,

Considering the age, which is approximately 200 years old, the doll is in a good condition with traces of age, wear and old restorations; The right hand and left foot are expertly restored, and it looks like the head has been put back on. Also some excepted wear of the original clothing. The toy in his hand is probably from a later date. Please take a close look at the photos for a clear condition reference.

Gosho Ningyô: Also known as “Court Dolls”, these chubby, white-skinned, baby dolls were given as gifts to aristocrats for hundreds of years. They are thought to bring good luck, prosperity, and happiness. Gosho Ningyo would be passed down to the next generation as part of a family member’s art collection. The whiteness of the skin was traditionally made using ground shells from a specific kind of oyster shell.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : B1208

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