Japanese Showa period Hakata doll of a female puppeteer, entertaining the imperial household with her Sambaso puppet. Crafted in the finest Hakata studio, the figure is a masterpiece made for exhibition.
The Hakata doll’s porcelain skin is synonymous with the skin for Japanese women. In Japan, archaeological evidence indicates that simple biscuit fired dolls were created at Buddhist temples in Hakata and Kamakura in the 12th century. In the year 1600, Lord Nagamasa Kuroda came to Hakata province to become its governor, and many artists and craftsmen were summoned to his side. The ceramic dolls that emerged at this time are the root of Hakata dolls. In the late 19th century, prominent artists such as Soushichi Masaki boosted the reputation for Hakata’s doll making.
Hakata dolls then appeared in the 1890 National Industrial Exhibition in Japan and the 1890 National Industrial Exhibition in Japan and in 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris, where they received increased international recognition.
Made in Japan during the Showa period, circa 1940. In great vintage condition with age-appropriate wear and use.