Japanese doll of a Boy with Bell, 1930-40's
Antique Japanese kimekomi doll of a boy, dressed in rich
silk brocade court costume and hair style of Heian
era. He holds metal bell with long silk rope in his hands.
Doll's face finished in gofun (crashed oyster shell) and
hand-painted artistically, and long black hair tied up in
a bundle on a head top and fell down on shoulders.
Kimekomi dolls have carved and/or molded base of wood, wood
compo, or paulownia sawdust mixed with glue. A design of
different patterned cloth made of silk brocade with traditional
Japanese design scraps is planned out, and the base is grooved
so that the edges of the cloth can be hidden in the grooves.
The cloth is glued on and the edges tucked in. The head
and hands of the doll are usually finished with gofun (crashed
oyster shell), doll's face covered in a highly burnished
gofun and hand-painted, the hair may be a part of the molded
head or be a separate wig.
These lovely dolls have become a very popular Japanese craft
Dimensions: 19cm/ 7,5 inches high
Condition: excellent with no damage
Price: US$ 95.00
*Express mail delivery and insurance fee approx: US$ 26-28.00