Japanese Meiji period large rare pair of Musha Ningyo dolls representing Empress Jingu (Jingu Kogo) and the old minister Takenouchi no Sukune. He is holding the baby Ojin (a son of the Empress Jingu who later became Emperor Ojin) and is seated on a camp stool.
These are among the largest examples and are of the highest quality and artistic workmanship. The heads and hands are carved of wood, covered with many layers of tinted gofun (oyster shell lacquer), creating exceptionally expressive faces, with glass eyes and silk hair. They are dressed in sumptuous silk brocade costumes. The armor is made of lacquered paper with gilt metal fittings. Empress Jingu is standing regally, hair tied back by a band, holding a fan and a bow, and a quiver with arrows. Both have swords.
Altogether an extraordinary presence. According to the Nihonshoki, Jingu was empress from 201 A.D.-269 A.D. She is known for her invasion of Korea while she was bearing her child. In order to delay her childbirth, a piece of rock was wrapped to her stomach.
Measures: Jingu 29.5 inches (75cm), Takenouchi 27 inches (68.5cm), Ojin 10 inches (25.5cm).