Uncanny Artist Ephemera and Objects for Artists and Collectors
  • Miniature Washi Doll Playing the Shamisen

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    This Miniature Washi Doll Playing the Shamisen measures only 1.125" high and is made completely from paper.  The doll is crafted in washi paper, a light, strong traditional Japanese paper made from the inner-bark fibers of three plants.  Solid colors have been used for her head, hair and hair accessories, while colorful patterned papers have been folded to look like her cloth kimono.  She is either a geisha or a maiko (a Kyoto apprentice Geiko, a woman who performs songs, dances and plays the shamisen, a three-stringed Japanese instrument).  Her shamisen is made from off-white paper with silver paper at the neck to represent the pegs at the neck.  She is seated before a low table which holds the vertical tablature, a form of Japanese musical notation.  The simple red paper base measures 1.25" x 1.25" x 0.125"  The doll comes in her original paper box (1.75" x 1.25" x 1.25") with a red label and black text on the lid.  Maker and age are unknown.  This Miniature Washi Doll Playing the Shamisen is in Good condition.  The doll has no damage but the base and box have water stains - one stain on the front of the base and a bleeding of the label on the box.  The box also has a rip along one corner of the lid.