Fantastic 18th Century Edo Period Saga Ningyo of a young boy
holding a bird. His head bobs while his tongue goes in and
out. Carved entirely of wood, his gorgeous robes are built up with pigments
in a technique called 'moriage'. He has an outer robe decorated with a foliate
scroll with other beautiful designs and geometric patterns raised in relief. This rarest of all Ningyo forms almost never comes up for sale and are
almost never seen except in museums or important private collections. Saga
Ningyo are considered the "holy grail" of Ningyo. They were first produced
in the early 17th Century. Height: 9 inches, 23 cm. Fine condition with original signed box and presentation pillow.