Doll Edo Kubifuri Saga Ningyo Hotei 1
Doll Edo Kubifuri Saga Ningyo Hotei 2
Doll Edo Kubifuri Saga Ningyo Hotei 3
Doll Edo Kubifuri Saga Ningyo Hotei 4
Doll Edo Kubifuri Saga Ningyo Hotei 5
Doll Edo Kubifuri Saga Ningyo Hotei 6
Doll Edo Kubifuri Saga Ningyo Hotei 7

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Japanese Doll   Head shaking Saga Ningyo   Hotei

circa 1700-1750 (mid-Edo period)

height 9 inches (22.5cm)

Kubifuri (head shaking) Saga Ningyo representing Hotei, one of the seven lucky gods of Japan.
It is said that the name of Saga comes from Saga area, the northwest part of Kyoto. These dolls are thought to originated in Saga area.
His head and body are made of carved wood, and jointed at the neck. A weight is suspended from
the head, and the weight swings back and forth inside the hollow body when moved. By the swing of
the weight, he shakes his head back and forth and moves tongue up and down. (His tongue moves
up and down inside his mouth, but does not stick out of his mouth).
This Saga Ningyo dates from mid-Edo period (circa 1700-1750).

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