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Sosaku-ningyo by Maeda Kin'ya


Japanese sosaku-ningyo (art doll) by Maeda Kin’ya (b. 1929) entitled “Osana-najimi” (Friends Since Childhood), an elegantly clad woman wearing a brown silk kimono with white spots and a silk brocade obi with the character “natsu” (summer), in her right hand a silk purse with dragonfly pattern, her left arm slightly behind with her left hand cradling the lower edge of her obi, her face lifted upwards in a dignified gaze, her right foot peaking out from under the hem of her kimono,  toso wood composite and applied textiles in the kimekomi technique, face and hands covered in gofun with finely painted details, box signed Maeda Kin’ya, doll signed and sealed on base “Kin’ya Saku,” minor scrape to hair, overall fine condition, 10-1/4” High.

Showa Era, 20th Century
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