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    Posted 9 years ago

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    I've never been a doll person, but I do like Asian art and I think this qualifies. The cashier at Salvation Army pointed it out to me as I was checking out with the milk glass bowl I was buying. She knows I like Asian things and I somehow walked right past it twice ! She needed a bit of a make over before her photo shoot. Her nose was chipped (elmer'splasty and she had a gash on her cheek (tube watercolors). The helmet had broken off at the fingers were it was glued. Her clothes were a bit dusty. A few nicks and dings to the base and her hair (black Sanford marker). These are usually kept in a glass cases to protect them. She still needs a bit more work, but looks presentable. The color matching in the face is a bit difficult, but really doesn't show up in the pictures at all.

    The Story of Princess Yaegaki :

    The princess is the heroine of a five-act drama named Honcho Nijushiko, the 24 models of filial piety. This historical drama was first performed in 1766 as a Bunraku traditional Japanese puppet theater also called Ningy jruri.
    The drama takes place during Japan’s sengoku jidai (Japanese civil war era 1467–1573). The play’s complicated plot begins in 1550 with the assassination of Ashikaga Yoshiharu shogun in Kyoto. At that time battle raged against two military commanders Takeda Shingen and Uesugi/Nagao Kenshin. Shingen was the Kai province’s lord (now Yamanashi) and Kenshin the Echigo province’s lord (now part of Niigata). They fought five major battles called the Battles of Kawanakajima. The fourth battle is for sure the most famous because of the fight between Shingen and Kenshin, Takeda Shingen using a Gunbai or Japanese war fan to defend himself. They became bitter enemies after Kenshin “Borrowed” Shingen’s precious helmet and decided to keep it for himself. The helmet's owner would always be victorious and protected because it was blessed by the god Suwa. Yaegaki-hime vows her love to Takeda Katsuyori who has entered Kenshin’s palace in disguise to regain his helmet. At the end, possessed by the mysterious power of the helmet and guarded by two white foxes, Yaegaki-hime sets out to pursue her lover across the frozen Lake Suwa and flies off to Katsuyori. Katsuyori was saved, Takeda and Kenshin made peace and Princess Yaegaki and Katsuyori were married and lived happily ever after.

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    1. pops52 pops52, 9 years ago
      Very nice Mike! Love the story!
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 years ago
      Thanks pops52 ! :)
    3. kerry10456 kerry10456, 9 years ago
      Nice work and congrats on matching up everything. She's a keeper :-)
    4. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 years ago
      Thanks kerry :) Not something I'd usually buy but she needed to be rescued.
    5. Manikin Manikin, 9 years ago
      Nice job Mike and yes the color match is always to me the hardest , It can take hours to add and different colors together to get it right , Glad you saved her ! :-)
    6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 years ago
      Thanks Mani :)... I knew you would appreciate my efforts since this is your forte. She still needs some final touches but for now she's looking good ! -Mike-
    7. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 9 years ago
      Lovely Mike.I use a very soft artist paintbrush to dust the dolls hair and clothes.They come in handy for dusting lots of goodies
      Cheers Rose
    8. Echoplexic, 3 years ago
      I have a very similar doll with the helmet I'm glad to learn about the reason for my doll to have the helmet as I wasn't sure if it was accidentally swapped. I recall it once holding a key with a tassel that has been lost , was this key just a random addition or was a key also in the legend ?

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