Ningyō: Antique Japanese Dolls


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By: Alan Pate

This book was the catalog to an exhibition with the same title that appeared at the Morikami Museum in late 2004 and early 2005. The exhibition featured outstanding Japanese dolls, originally created for the elite of Japanese society in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was drawn from one of the most important collections of such dolls which is held in private hands. The catalog features seventeen dolls or doll groupings all handsomely photographed in full color.

All major categories of Edo Period dolls are covered in this book. This includes three types of hina dolls (representing a noble couple), musha or warrior dolls, gosho dolls (depicting robust young boys often as parodies of figures from popular history or legend), isho or “fashion” dolls, the theatrical Takeda dolls, mechanical dolls, and the hyper-realistic iki or “living” dolls.

Alan Pate, the foremost scholar of the Japanese doll as an art-form, wrote the insightful essay as well as all of the catalog entries, providing a wealth of information not normally present in books treating this subject.

Softcover, 32 pages

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