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Keshi Ningyo, Daimyo Gyoretsu

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  • Keshi Ningyo, Daimyo Gyoretsu
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Keshi Ningyo of a Daimyo Gyoretsu.

During the Edo period, a law, called "Sankin Kotai" was created to help control the Daimyo (Feudal Lords). The law required every Daimyo to spend every other year in Edo (Tokyo). The travelling procession of the Daimyo household often included over 200 samurai (soldiers) and was called Daimyo Gyoretsu. With hundreds of Daimyo coming or going every year, these processions were common occurrences.

About this set: Keshi means "poppy" and ningyo is doll. These little dioramas have tiny plaster or clay figures with metal pins for legs, inserted into a silk covered wooden board and placed inside an unfinished wooden box. The lid serves to protect the scene when closed or doubles as a stand when placed below the box when displayed.

The box measures 13-3/4" long x 1-3/4" deep x 1-7/8" tall and has artist signature and stamp on top. The dolls measure approximately 5/8" tall and are very detailed. They all have a clearly defined face, many have hats and most have swords.

The condition is excellent. During transit, due to the aging of the glue, some of the pieces of the box fell apart and was reglued. As far as the age, I believe this is is prewar, 30's/40's. Could be older as these have been made the same way for many years.

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 26 November, 2006.

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