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Stunning Japanese Doll, a souvenir of Sado Island - Love her bending against the wind, clutching her traditional (to the the island) bamboo hat. These Okesa ningyo (dolls) are popular as gifts on this tiny island, as you might expect it has survived on its fishing industry over the centuries - being remote, it was also a place of exile for political figures. The marks for this are on the base in the last picture, where an outline of Sado Island appears on the left. She shivers against the Island wind - particularly charming is the fact that her kimono pattern itself shows clouds and wind. These dolls frequently are shown doing the traditional Okesa dance of the Island, and this lovely woman seems to be dancing a bit with the wind.

PLEASE NOTE damage shown in the fourth photo - she has not survived the weather unscathed. Her oyster shell skin is cracked on both sides and there is loss to her painted lips. She is 9 inches tall.

This reminds me of the peasants in the Seven Samurai and also of the famous Hiroshige woodcut of the bridge in the rain.

Japanese Doll, Sado Island souvenir Okesa ningyo, Girl in the Wind


  • Vintage item
  • Material: vintage doll
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