Edo/Meiji Clay Doll depicting Kabuki Actor Ichimatsu Ningyo
Japanese Clay Doll called Tsuchi Ningyo.
This early clay doll depicting the Kabuki actor Ichimatsu was widely popular in the late 18th and early 19th C. It is signed on the back where there are repaired cracks.
The doll was said to have been the receptacle for a gift. It was said that when a gift was given it was not opened in the presence of the giver so that n hint of disappintment would embarress the receiver or insult the giver. Thus the bottom was removef to access the gift in private.
Thus the bottom was temoved to access the gift
13" on height 9 1/2" in width