Asian Tribal Art - Iki Ningyo Face, Japan
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A small and dramatic example of iki-ningyō (living doll) from Japan. This was a cultural phenomenon in the evolution of doll-making in Japan that began in 1852 with an exhibition in Osaka by Ōe Chūbei, the Jeff Koons of his time. Eventually, life-sized, highly dramatic and super-realistic figures in scenes from mythology gave way to pieces that were created for the export market as souvenirs of Japanese culture. These pieces are highly collectible and increasingly hard to find in the art market.
reference: Japanese Dolls: The Fascinating World of Ningyo by
Alan Scott Pate, 2008, pp. 142-153.
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