Japanese Antique Doll of Japanese Kabuki Theatre charackter
Benkei, the hero of Japanese medieval history
Very rare Japanese doll
made in Kyoto about 1930's and represents Japanese Kabuki
theatre actor as a hero of Japanese medieval
history a warrior monk called Benkei (1155–1189).
He was a man of a great strength and loyalty and he served
Minamoto no Yositsune( also the hero of Japanese
medieval epos Taira Monogotari).
He was a member of Yamabushi Buddhist sect
of mountain itinerant monks, which had perfect warrior skills
and who were recognizable by their small black caps on a
Benkei stands with long spear in his left
hand and with katana sword and tanto dagger shoved in his
He dressed with silk brocaded ivory colored hakama
pants, plaid kimono and black silk jacket kariginu.
And Benkei has wooden lacquered backpack full
of Buddhist manuscripts on his back. His head covered with
small black lacquered hat as a symbol of his
Yamabushi sect of Buddhism and his long black
hair flowing on his back and shoulder. Actor's face has
character's make up.
Condition: excellent, according to age without any
damage and with real antique taste.
Dimensions: 30 cm / 11,8 inches high
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