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Gosho Ningyo Palace Doll Holding a Rope

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1900: Item # 897026

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Gosho-ningyô or 'Palace Dolls' are among the most distinctive of the many Japanese doll forms. They were originally given as gifts within the imperial family. This fine example of a chubby boy holding a rope has a classic expression and playful posture. It is made of solid clay covered with gofun (oyster shell lacquer) with painted features and painted vest and a brocade bib. Height: 7.5 inches, 19 cm.