Antique Japanese gosho ningyo doll. Called a “palace doll” as these were once given as gifts from the Emperor and Empress to young princes and princesses. These young baby dolls represent a hope for happiness and prosperity. Made of ceramic and painted with gofun (a paste made from fine itabo oyster shell powder). The gofun was applied in many layers before carving, shaping, polishing and finally painting the details on. This doll is painted with royal gold and purple robes. It’s face and head are polished to a high sheen and painted with detailed facial features and hair.
Dimensions: 10″ high x 10 3/4″ wide x 7 1/2″ deep