Japanese Gosho doll of Lion-mask dancer, 1930's
Lovely Gosho doll from the Kaga region of Japan portrays
a child performing the Lion Dance (“Sakamoto no Shishimai).
The boy holds big wooden festival mask of Shi-Shi (The Lion
of Buddha) with an attached silk cloth which covers his
head. Facial features are well modeled and delicately
hand painted, and tufts of hair fall from each side of the
boy's faces. He dressed in silk brocaded golden color aprons
with red cords. The Lion dance, popular at New Year’s to
ward off epidemics and evil spirits, was a favorite theme
for doll makers.
Gosho Dolls represent chubby, almost naked little
boys with large heads, round bodies and brilliant white
skin. They generally show an originality and character which
places them in a special category of Japanese dolls.
Dimensions: 19 cm / 7,5 inches high
Condition: excellent with no damage
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