Japanese Flower Girl Doll - Gofun Geisha
The Japanese geisha woman, or well trained performer, was thought to be the epitome of beauty in Japan. It is no wonder that a classic pairing is that of the geisha doll in her embroidered fabrics along with a branch containing flowers.
I purchased this vintage geisha doll from a collector. I have since cared for it delicately myself, in a sealed case. Our household is non-smoking.
This geisha doll is adorned in a kimono of muted lavender colors, painted with yellow and green floral designs. The lining of the kimono is red and gold patterned. The obi, or belt, is silver and red check, bound with a red ribbon.
She wears a black hat with silver stripes, and carries the branch of flowers over her left shoulder.
The word "gofun" refers to the delicate hand painting which makes up her face. In ancient times it was clam shells, ground into a powder, which made up this substance. In modern times they tend to use oyster shells.
The doll is in fine condition, with a few of the hat's stripe areas missing when the doll came to me. There is a tiny amount of wear on the black wood base she is attached to.
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