Technically a type of ishô-ningyô, the distinctiveness of this form allows it to be considered on its own. Dramatic figures depicting theatrical performances from Japan’s rich Kabuki tradition, takeda-ningyô are positioned on black lacquered stands and presented in twisting and exaggerated poses to communicate the pathos and intense emotions of the Kabuki actor on stage. Popular during the later Edo period during the 19th century, these riveting figures represent a treasure trove of beauty and insight into traditional Japanese theater culture.

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