Kamo Ningyo Doll 

Kimekommi wooden doll with Japanese costume called KAMO NINGYO

By Tachibana Museum

By : Tachibana Museum

Kamo dolls (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

History of Kamo Ningyo Dolls

According to legend, Tadashige Takahashi, who was in charge of maintaining the Kamigamo-shrine in Kyoto, started making Kamo dolls with surplus materials. However, this legend has not been authenticated. The dolls are characterized by their small size, and fascinatingly friendly smiles. The Tachibana family currently holds more than 234 of these Kamo dolls.

 

Kamo doll with Mizuhikite head decoration (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo Doll
Samurai in Kamishimo ceremonial dress
Edo period, 18~19century
h5.3cm

Kamo doll with Mizuhikite head decoration (back side) (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo Doll
Samurai in Kamishimo ceremonial dress (back style)
Edo period, 18~19century
h5.3cm

Kamo doll with Mizuhikite head decoration (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo Doll
Samurai in Kamishimo ceremonial dress
Edo period, 18~19century
h5.0cm

Kamo doll with Mizuhikite head decoration (back side) (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo Doll
Samurai in Kamishimo ceremonial dress (back style)
Edo period, 18~19century
h5.0cm

Kamo doll, Chinese child (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo Doll
Karako chinese child
Edo period, 18~19century
h4.3cm

Kamo doll, Chinese child (back side) (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo Doll
Karako chinese child (back style)
Edo period, 18~19century
h4.3cm

Kamo doll, Sambaso (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo Doll
Sanbaso Noh program called customary prelude
Edo period, 18~19 century
h 4.2cm

Kamo doll, Sambaso (back side) (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo Doll
Sanbaso Noh program called customary prelude (back style)
Edo period, 18~19 century
h 4.2cm

Kamo doll, Manzai performer (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo Doll
Saizo one of the performers of Manzai comedic duo
Edo period, 18~19 century
h 5.4cm

Kamo doll, Manzai performer (back side) (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo Doll
Saizo one of the performers of Manzai comedic duo (back style)
Edo period, 18~19 century
h 5.4cm

Kamo doll, drummer (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo doll
Professional jester
Edo period, 18~19 century
h 4.3cm

Kamo doll, drummer (back side) (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo doll
Professional jester (back style)
Edo period, 18~19 century
h 4.3cm

Kamo doll in a short-sleeved kimono (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo Doll
Wealthy man
Edo period, 18~19 century
h4.6

Kamo doll in a short-sleeved kimono (back side) (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo Doll
Wealthy man (back style)
Edo period, 18~19 century
h4.6

Kamo doll, Budai (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo doll
Budai
Edo period, 18~19 century
h 3.1cm

Kamo doll, Budai (back side) (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo doll
Budai (back style)
Edo period, 18~19 century
h 3.1cm

Kamo doll, nursemaid (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo doll
Nursing
Edp period,18~19 century
h 4.5cm

Kamo doll, nursemaid (back side) (19th century, Edo period) by UnknownTachibana Museum

Kamo doll
Nursing (back style)
Edp period,18~19 century
h 4.5cm

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Tachibana Foundation TACHIBANA MUSEUM


Bibliography
KOBAYASHI Sumie "Ningyo, its amazing beauty of minimum dolls" - Art of YanagawaⅡ‐ Yanagawa city 2007

Curated by
UENO Kaori (TACHIBANA MUSEUM)

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