Antique Cloth Handmade Authentic Geisha Doll

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 01,2006
  • Channel: Online Auction
Antique Cloth Handmade Authentic Geisha Doll
Authentic Handmade Cloth Geisha in Traditional Kimono Dress

In Japanese, the word "gei" translates to arts or performance, while "sha" means people. Geisha dolls are created in the image of the one of the main icons of traditional Japanese culture. A Geisha is a woman artiste proficient in dance, music, and conversing with the audience. T were numerous Geishas in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, though today, their numbers are diminishing. The Geisha dolls have been meticulously made, to capture the exotic appearance of the real Geishas. Combining innocence with sophistication, the dolls represent the sensuality coupled with modesty that Japanese women reflect. The faces of the Geisha dolls mimic the makeup used by the real girls. This implies the face being painted with a thick white base with red lipstick and broad red and black lining surrounding the eyes and the eyebrows. Just below the hairline, a thin strip of skin is left free of makeup to give the impression of the girl wearing a mask. The area just below the nape of the neck is also free of makeup to provide a subtle erotic effect. The doll is clothed in a multi-hued kimono with a patterned obi. On the feet, the doll may wear a flat-soled sandal or a clog. Some Geishas wear their hair down, while others style their hair in the form of a Chignon, which involves the hair being raised into a bun and held in place with hairpins. Almost every intricate detail of the real Geisha is captured in the doll, which could well be collectors items. The Geisha doll is handmade with attention to detail, made of cloth, clothed with hand painted features in authentic silk brocade kimonos, and standing on a lacquered wooden base.

Elegance and symmetry characterizes the classic Japanese woman, this traditional 3 layer kimono costume captures that timeless spirit. This exquisite hand made cloth doll figure is clothed in an authentic brocade kimono costume and is a superb piece of oriental art. Black, lacquered wooden base.

She stands approximately 10" high.

The pictures don't do this doll justice at all! A real find for the collector of Oriental arts or dolls! Priced to sell!

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