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Fine Japanese antiques

Japanese Iki Ningyo depicting a Jinrickshaw Driver
Meiji Period
Circa 1880
28 High x 39 Wide x 19 Deep

Lifelike ningyo form of a young man pulling a jinrickshaw, face exquisitely rendered in realistic detail with inset glass eyes, ivory teeth, carved hair, carved loin cloth, well defined musculature, carved of wood and covered in a darkly pigmented gofun, pulling a well-constructed cart with working, detailed mechanisms, with upholstered seat and retractable cover.

Iki-ningyo, or living-dolls, were an Early Meiji phenomenon and were produced largely in Yokohama by such artists as Hannenuma for the export market, wear to upholstery, overall fine condition.

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