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Antique Japanese sakura bisque dolls


Sakura bisque dolls

The Sakura Bisque (サクラビスク) dolls were created in Japan between 1910 and 1950. They have bisque heads with composition bodies. The rare larger ones have a nine-piece jointed body instead of a five-piece baby-type body. The larger dolls have glass sleep-eyes, hence the common name of "Sleeping Doll" (眠り人).

Most of those commonly found today are dressed in Western style wearing a bonnet and dress. Some have also been redressed in traditional Japanese fashion. There is also a series of boy-girl pairs dressed in Chinese style silk clothes. The smallest set of these at 3 1/2 inches tall is all-bisque, and the pair comes in a woven basket with a hinged lid.

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