'Karakuri' means a mechanical device to tease, trick, or take a person by surprise. It implies hidden magic, or an element of mystery. In Japanese ‘Ningyo’ is written as two separate characters, meaning person and shape.
My mother owned one for many years and sold hers to a museum. 1927 Japanese Friendship Dolls, diplomatic ambassadors of goodwill in doll form, sent as expressions of hope for friendship and goodwill bet.
This Japanese handmade doll is made of wood and has been carefully hand painted to evoke the mesmerizing fierceness of the White Lion character from the Noh play “Renjishi“, which means, “The Lion Dance“.
Atae Yuki is a Japanese dollmaker. "Atae, who usually creates his dolls at night in his Tokyo atelier, said it takes him about a month to make one, after spending weeks deciding on the doll’s image, character and bodily movements.
Vintage 1950s Japanese Geisha Doll Kyoto w/Umbrella Original Display Case 18"