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Japanese Hakata doll - Diplomatic gift

From the Collection of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 250-290 Spring Street East Melbourne Victoria

Hakata Doll dressed in elaborate kimono, in glass display case. Wooden plaque in cabinet with Japanese characters/script - presumably describes the doll. Doll has porcelain face, hands and feet, and a cloth body. This doll depicts a young unmarried woman dancing and holding an elaborate drum (tsuzumi).
Object Registration
Historical information
Made by Tomi Kono for Kyugetsu,Toyko. Kyugetsu is a famous doll store in the Asakusabashi district of Tokyo. This was founded in the Edo period and has been making dolls for 150 years.
When Made
Tomi Kono for Kyugetsu,Toyko
This elaborately costumed ceramic doll has its origins in simple clay figurines first produced in the Hakata district of the Japanese city of Fukuoka in the 17th century. They made their appearance in the West at the Exposition Universelie in Paris in 1900 by which time they had been transformed from toys into an artform. Most dolls are inspired by figures from the theatre: Noh, Kabuki and Ukiyo-e. These figures are sometimes connected with Geisha dolls although this is not necessarily a correct description. The robes and hairstyle are traditional but not confined to geisha.
Inscriptions & Markings
On plaque in cabinet: "Japanese College of Surgeons. Founded in 1974"
Last updated
1 Apr 2019 at 3:17PM