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Doll - Artifacts

Boy's Day Doll depicting Ushiwaka-maru (Adult name: Minamoto-no-Yoshitsune) A: Separate head molded from wood paste and dipped in gofun (oyster shell powder); painted gray high eyebrows to show his high status; black painted lower eyelids, eyelashes; partially opened mouth is painted red, painted black teeth, pink tongue; inset glass eyes with brown irises. Black silk fiber hair pulled together and piled high on top of his head, tied with cotton string. B: Body of figure standing on high black painted geta with red silk chirimen crepe hanao (straps) with both arms raised high above his shoulders; wooden hands are gofun dipped. Clothing: Papier mache armour on shoulder, chest, back and below waist; all except back are made of tiers joined with red and white flat woven fiber tapes. Top of the breastplate is decorated with an embossed brass piece with a lower edge in a brass cut cloud formation; 2 floral shaped bosses with a ring are attached to the upper portion of the breastplate. The armour around his waist, 3 in front and 2 in back have 4 panels with decorative brass pieces at the bottom; black lacquered back armour with 1 larger silver metal boss with a ring at the upper center and 2 smaller metal bosses with rings are attached at both upper corners attached to straps made of a beige, reddish brown chrysanthemum and leaves brocade of cotton and paper. Beneath the armour is a red cotton and paper kimono with a geometric design in tan, a crane in greenish blue and while, and a cloud in purple; lined with plain woven blue cotton stiffened with paper(?). Beneath the kimono is a robe of silver brocade with white maple leaves and abstract waves in brown and white, lined with white habutai silk. The sleeve openings are tied with orange twist silk cord. Below the waist are hakama pants of tan and brown silk brocade with fauna and floral motif, lined with royal blue cotton fabric showing at the hem and stiffened. Tabi are of the same fabric as hakama. Leggings are brocade at the shin but are wrapped with plain off-white cotton strips at calves. Three metal strips are nailed at the edges and the center of brocade leggings. Both big toes are lifted upward to show movement. Gold and brown cotton brocade belt which is padded and the ends and tied in a knot at the front of the waist. Condition: hair at back is gone and glued portion of hair is deteriorated. Linings are worn at edges.
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