is only about 3 inches high. You can see the panels of "armor" with woven
thread, the silk ties on his trousers, and the wonderful expression of
This sweet boy is made
by the same methods, but how different the effect!
|These jolly little fellows are actors,
or at least characters in plays. The one with the red hair is Syojo, a
spirit with a taste for sake--he holds his bowl out for more. The white-haired
one is the "lion dancer" of the Kabuki play--he is about 6 1/2 inches tall.
Dolls like these are often made as an amateur craft, from kits.
This charming little boy
is only about 4 inches high. Although he has a kimekomi body instead of
the round gofun-covered body of a Gosho doll, he has the shape and the
courtly quality of a Gosho. He may have been part of a Girls' Day set.
These are Izumeki dolls--babies
in baskets. Soemtimes these dolls are quite elaborate, with rattles and
toys attached to their kimekomi-in-a-basket "beds" (which can be mistaken
for pincushions). This pair are part of a set of four babies whose
kimekomi beds suggest the colors of the four seasons.