Hataman Touen Boys' Festival Imari Nabeshima Ware Small Standing Gosho Doll
This adorable doll is made in the image of a "Gosho doll" which was a type of doll favored by the court nobles of ancient Kyoto. These dolls are characterized by their large, rounded heads, and chubby little bodies which reflect the aesthetic valued during the Edo period (c.1603-1867).
The standing doll is posing with his arms cutely stretched out and his head slightly tilted. His translucent white skin is beautifully created with unglazed porcelain lending an air of realism.
The blue warrior helmet worn by the doll is decorated with plum blossoms and "seigaiha (waves of the blue sea)" patterns, symbolizing good fortune. The serene and innocent expression of the doll and all other decorations are hand-painted by skilled craftsmen at Hataman Touen's studio. His green apron and neatly tied ribbon also add to the cuteness of this small doll.
Originally, on Tango-no-Sekku (also known as Boys' Day), one of the five seasonal festivals from ancient China, it was customary to display seasonal decorations and offerings to drive away evil spirits and wish for good health. And following this custom dolls with warrior helmets or just the helmets are now displayed in homes to wish for the healthy growth of children.
This is an item that can add graceful cuteness along with auspicious wishes to your home. This doll comes with a wooden tray and is set in a stylish black box. Treat yourself to this dainty little figurine to enjoy true Japanese craftsmanship or send it as a gift.
Hataman Touen is a company that aims to "create a new Nabeshima" along with passing on the history and traditional craft of Imari Nabeshima ware, which has continued for 370 years. Based on the belief that "traditional crafts can only be inherited if they are closely connected to daily life, "the company offers tableware that enriches the spirit and sensibility in accordance with modern lifestyles.
- Dimension: [Small Doll] 5.5cm(2.2in) x 4.5cm(1.8in) x H9cm(3.5in)/[Wooden tray] W14cm(5.5in) x 9cm(3.5in) x 1.5cm(0.6in)
- Material: Porcelain, wood
- Origin: Made in Japan - Imari Nabeshima Ware
- Brand: Hataman Touen
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The aesthetic style that Nabeshima ware has carefully maintained as a traditional rule since the Edo Period is composed of one "Sometsuke" color (blue) and three "Aka-e" colors (red, yellow, and green). Those painted in only blue color are classified as "Sometsuke" style. The extremely fine, carefully drawn lines and the light gradations that are repeatedly layered within them create a dignified appearance. The traditional patterns of Nabeshima, which were offered to the nobility, are designed in a sophisticated manner, yet with a sense of glamour.View more Nabeshima Series
"Bone from an unparalleled history and tradition"
Hataman Touen is a company that aims to "create a new Nabeshima" along with passing on the history and traditional craft of Imari Nabeshima ware, which has continued for 370 years.
Based on the belief that "traditional crafts can only be inherited if they are closely connected to daily life," the company offers tableware that enriches the spirit and sensibility in accordance with modern lifestyles.
Imari Nabeshima Ware
Nabeshima ware is a porcelain ware produced by the Nabeshima domain kiln, which was established in 1628 by 31 selected potters in the Arita and Imari areas (Saga Prefecture) as a project directly managed by the Saga Nabeshima domain in the early Edo period.
For about 250 years until the abolition of the domain in 1871, the Nabeshima ware, which could only be used by shoguns and feudal lords, continued to produce porcelain masterpieces such as "Iro-Nabeshima (colored Nabeshima)", "Sometsuke" and celadon porcelain, and others as masterpieces of the finest quality. Later, the kilns became private kilns, and new potters joined to create the present Imari Nabeshima ware.