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Antique Japanese Porcelain Geisha Doll Family Heirloom 1915

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Posted 1 year ago

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Moonstonel…
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This is one of my most treasured possessions. When I was a little girl visiting my Grandparents in our house in Tokyo, Japan. I would stare at this doll in the glass case and dream it was me. I found out after my Grandmother passed away about 10 years ago that she made this Geisha Doll as a coming of age into Womanhood. Or marriageable ...
All well breed or High Class young ladies were supposed to be able to make one from the ground up. The face was hand painted and the hair was handmade also. Everything down the Kimono, Obi, sash and the hair ornaments. The shoes and the undergarments were done by hand. My Grandmother made 2 dolls both very different. I dreamed of one day having this one. So when my Grandmother passed away..my mother went to visit our house in Tokyo...and for some reason she asked me if I would like to have one of the 2 dolls for her to bring over on her carry on! I said "yes please"...not knowing which doll it was. I was stunned to find out that after 34 years later I finally was gifted with the doll of my dreams! I hope you enjoy the pictures...I love her everyday. She is beside my bed and she watches over me every night :)

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  1. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
    This is a special family story. I've seen dolls like this and didn't realize they were made by family - not just purchased. She is so lovely - looks like you! It's also special that your Mom carried it onto the plane to make sure you would get it. I like your Mother! I hope she also brought back the other one because if I remember right you have 2 daughters? Thank you for sharing your family story.
  2. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 1 year ago
    valentino97, most of the dolls you see are mass produced. During the war for Export. Unless you know the history...and after seeing this doll again I now can tell the difference! This is was made with fine Silk Kimono and the face was hand painted. The ones you see being sold are not the real deal. I only know this because my friends Father's were GI soldiers in WW2 and they brought back many dolls that came out of the barracks stores..for there girlfriends or wives. I am happy to share this...she is my treasure!
  3. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    What a beautiful story and something so precious to you and for future generations ! Love her
  4. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 1 year ago
    Manikin, Thank you for saying that! I do treasure her and she looks after me. I have loved her for 34 years and she is finally home with the girls and I. I have not asked where the other doll went to. I think another family member has her. Thank you for reading!!!
  5. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 1 year ago
    BELLIN68, xoxoxoxo for all your loving and your beautiful comments!!!!
  6. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 1 year ago
    Vintagejewel, thank you for all your loving xoxoxoxo
  7. toracat toracat, 1 year ago
    Great story! You are a doll also! You look like sisters! Really beautiful!!!!!
  8. AmberRose AmberRose, 1 year ago
    Your Mama is a treasure. I love your family story. You do look like her
  9. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 1 year ago
    toracat, you always make me smile and thank you for your compliment although I wished I could look more like her ... :)
  10. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 1 year ago
    AmberRose, xoxoxoxo you are a beautiful person inside and out!!! We are soo much alike and that is Amazing!! I am blessed to have you in my life :))
  11. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    You should make one as well! Then the two dolls can travel on through history together...
  12. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 1 year ago
    toolate, that my friend is a tall order and my doll would look like a nothing like the one my Grandmother made! That's for sure!!! At least I did not get those genes past down to me...I can only see beauty, not recreate it LOL
  13. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Well you have a great eye. Your posts are always amazing! Thank you for sharing with us!!
  14. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 1 year ago
    toolate, I feel like a I should say Thank you for all your kind comments...!!
  15. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    You are very welcome!
  16. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 1 year ago
    Aneiwor, thank you for the loving!
  17. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 1 year ago
    japanfanbev, thank you for the loving!!!
  18. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 1 year ago
    kerry10456, thank you for your loving :)))
  19. bira_bira_lover bira_bira_lover, 9 months ago
    Love it. So wonderful to have and to cherish.....

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