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Iki-ningyo of a Seated Lady Iki-ningyo of a Seated Lady
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Iki-ningyo (living dolls) are a style of hyper-realistic traditional Japanese doll made out of plaster, paper and wood. Furthermore, the eyes are made of inset glass, and the teeth are typically bone or ivory. Because they were targeted towards foreigners, the smaller iki-ningyo would tend to depict scenes unique to Japan such as a jin-rickshaw driver pulling a lady in a kimono (a style of traditional Japanese clothing), sumo wrestlers mid match, samurai warriors in full-clad armour, etc. This lady wears a Kimono with a casual striped pattern that would have been most suited for small celebrations or everyday activities.

 
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Iki-ningyo of a Seated Lady Iki-ningyo of a Seated Lady
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plaster ?, hair, wool, linen, brocade material, glass, paint plaster ?, hair, wool, linen, brocade material, glass, paint
height: 16.00 cm; 6.30 in.
Gift of Mrs. D. H. Marshall Gift of Mrs. D. H. Marshall
M77-112c

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