There are four methods of making the base that forms the core of a gosho ningyo; 1: a base carved from paulownia wood; 2: a wooden core toso base whereby a wooden core is fleshed out by a wood composite called toso; 3: an unglazed pottery base whereby a clay figurine is created; and 4: a papier mâché base whereby thick Japanese paper is attached to a plaster mold, and the resulting form is improved using a toso wood composite.


  • Title: Making the base, Gosho ningyo
  • Creator: Shimada Koen
  • Location: Gosho-ningyo Shimada Koen
  • Original Language: Japanese
  • Subject Keywords: Doll, Kyoto
  • Type: Doll
  • Rights: © Shimada Koen
  • External Link: Gosho-ningyo Shimada Koen

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