Japanese Antique Doll of Benkei, the hero of Japanese medieval
Very rare Japanese
doll made in in Kyoto about 1930's and represents Japanese
Kabuki theatre actor as a hero of Japanese
medieval history a warrior monk called Benkei
(1155–1189). He was a man of a great strength and loyalty
and he served Minamoto no Yositsune( also
the hero of Japanese medieval epos Taira Monogotari).
He was a member of Yamabushi Buddhist sect
of mountain itinerant monks, which had perfect warrior skills
and who were recognizable by their small black caps on a
Benkei stands with long wooden stick in his
left hand and with katana sword and tanto knife shoved in
his obi belt.
He dressed with silk brocaded ivory colored hakama
pants, plaid kimono and black silk jacket kariginu.
And Benkei has wooden lacquered backpack full
of Buddhist manuscripts on his back. His head covered with
small black lacquered hat as a symbol of his
Yamabushi sect of Buddhism and his long black
hair flowing on his back and shoulder. Actor face has character's
Dimensions: 30 cm / 11,8 inches high
Condition: excellent, without any damage.
SOLD, THANK YOU!
*Japanese traditional glass-wooden box for storage
and display can be provided additionally by request.