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Set of four warrior dolls (Musha ningyo)
Set of four warrior dolls (Musha ningyo)


Set of four warrior dolls (Musha ningyo)
Late edo period (circa 1820)
Each figure designed with a carved wood head covered in gessolike white made from crushed shell (gofun) painted with expressive features and costumed in brocades, armor and with accoutrements and displayed in front of a miniature campaign curtain of bast fiber decorated with mandarin orange crests, the figures represented are from left to right Kato Kiyomasa (1562-1611), kneeling in full armor and wearing a helmet with his signature antler crests; Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598), seated with crossed legs, holding a fan and wearing a nobleman's cap; Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189), seated on a camp stool holding a signal baton (saihai) and a bow and wearing a quiver with arrows; Musashibo Benkei (d. 1189), kneeling and holding a signboard with a poem about a plum tree in Amagasaki; with white curtain
14in. (35.6cm.); 14in. (35.6cm.); 17in. (44.5cm.); 12in. (31.8cm.) high; the curtain 28 x 112in. (72.4 x 284.5cm.) (5)

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Previously sold in these Rooms, 28 March 2006, lot 375

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