Japanese "Beautiful Lady" (Isho-Bijan) in Elaborate Lilac Costume 500/700 | Art, Antiques & Collectibles Toys & Hobbies Dolls | Auctions Online
18" (46 cm.) Gofun-finished complexion, enamel inset eyes, shaded brushstroked brows, closed mouth, elaborate coiffure with wide wings and upswept topknot with decorative combs and ornaments, painted feathering of hair around the forehead edges, armature body, sculpted hands, wearing fine lilac crepe silk costume in hand-painted floral designs, silk brocade obi, on original stand with original box. Excellent condition. Japanese, Showa era.
Antique Japanese Doll, Maiden of Genroku (item #537973, detailed views)
This is a large doll, probably dated from Meiji to Taisho period, modeling a maiden from the Genroku era (1688-1703). Genroku culture which was the beginning of uprising power of the merchants in the Osaka area was glamorous and quite a contrast to the stiff culture of the samurai. Partially green lipstick that is shown on this doll became fashionable at the time. Her hair style is called Taka (high) Shimada or Bunkin Taka-Shimada. The doll looks older than shown in some of the photos; her…