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Rare Antique Samurai Warrior Doll, Edo Japanese Ningyo

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 478947
Asian Art By Kyoko
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Fierce looking old Samurai ningyo (Japanese doll) in rare museum quality. His head is carved wood and the face resembles kabuki actors or Jyoruri ningyo (18th to 19th century puppet theater dolls) from the Edo period (1603-1868). It is definitely a work of art.

The Suoh, the outfit that the doll is wearing, was worn by different ranking samurais at various periods in history. The fabric is made out of Asa (Japanese hemp) and the rest is silk. The doll is someone in a very high ranking, possibly Yoritomo (Minamoto, Genji family), the first Kamakura Shogun.

We can not recall if the doll was purchased with the Katana sword or without (everything we purchase is shipped out and all accessories taken apart). We have a simple wood Katana that suits this doll which may or may not be the original one. We added a photo showing two swords. Please choose one or we will try to fit and see before the shipment. The dimensions of the doll are 8 inches tall and 17 inches across (between sleeves). Circa late Edo period.