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We are pleased to announce the publication of Mr. Alan Pate's book (available in book stores, and directly on our website for signed copies):

Ningyô

The Art of The Japanese Doll


By Alan Scott Pate


Tuttle Publishing
9-1/2" x 11" Hardcover, 288 pages
Over 250 color illustrations
Extensive index, glossary of doll terms, and bibliography




To order, click here and download the order form. Please fill in form and mail to Alan Scott Pate Antique Japanese Dolls, PO Box J, McIntosh, FL 32664, USA. We will process your order and send you signed copies as quickly as possible.

A delightful journey into the little known world of antique Japanese dolls, focusing largely on examples from the Edo period (1615-1868), known as the Golden Age of Japanese Dolls.

Using images of ningyô (dolls) taken from US private collections, with supporting images of folding screens, paintings, woodblock prints, sculpture, textiles, and ceramics drawn from Japanese temple collections and museums around the world, we explore the many faces of ningyô, relating not only their history and basic forms, but also discovering some of the unexpected religious, cultural, and even political aspects of Japanese dolls.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOREWORD

INTRODUCTION

  • Early Ningyô Forms

  • Edo Ningyô Styles

  • Anatomy of a Japanese Doll

  • Materials

GOSHO-NINGYÔ:
Palace Dolls and Auspicious Wishes

  • A Celebration of Youth

  • Examples of Gosho-ningyô

HINA-NINGYÔ:
Dolls for the Girl’s Day Festival

  • Faith, Commerce, and Artistry

  • Examples of Hina-ningyô

    MUSHA-NINGYÔ:
    Warrior Dolls for the Boy’s Day Festival

    • The Arc of a Tradition

    • Examples of Musha-ningyô

    ISHÔ-NINGYÔ:
    Fashion Dolls and Popular Culture

    • Forgotten Festivals, Forgotten Figures

    • Examples of lshô-ningyô


    NINGYÔ IN THE THEATER:
    Entertaining the Gods and Man

    • Faces from the Stage: Dolls as Entertainment

    • Karakuri Mechanical Dolls

    • Bunraku Puppet Theater

    • lki-ningyô: Street Theater and the Export Market

    • Takeda-ningyô: Souvenir Dolls of the Edo Stage

    • Uizan-ningyô: Noh Theater Dolls

    NINGYÔ AND HEALTH:
    Dolls as Talisman and Tool

    • Dolls as Fetish, Medical Model, and Sex Fantasy

    • Hôsô-ningyô: Dolls and the Demon of Smallpox

    • Dô-ningyô: Dolls and Acupuncture

    • Shunga-ningyô: Dolls and the Sex Trade

    ENDNOTES

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    GLOSSARY OF NINGYÔ TERMS

    INDEX

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


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