Chinese Male Doll in Traditional Dress
An unusual antique Chinese male doll in traditional clothes. He has no hair - Is it a man or a child?
This piece is quite a mystery, I can’t seem to find out anything about it or find another quite like it. The doll is obviously Oriental and very old. The construction and condition, although good, would suggest that it dates from the early 1900’s or perhaps much earlier.
I believe the head, hands and feet are bisque or papier-mache. The body has a hessian covering and a dense filling.
The doll wears a tunic and separate trousers. The clothes are very well made, possibly silk, the tunic is lined with a different fabric. The clothes were originally a royal blue colour which has now faded to a golden colour. The blue can still be seen on the under trousers and parts of the back of the tunic. The detail of the buttons and loops on the tunic is quite charming and it is obvious that a lot of work has gone into making the clothes.
The doll’s head, although rather simply painted, has a rather captivating appearance. Is he smiling?
There are various cracks to the head and some of the ends to the fingers are missing. The doll is quite grubby, but I haven’t attempted to clean him as I think he looks perfect just as he is. He measures approx 24cm. Although the arms and legs are not jointed, he is able to sit with no support.
Product Code : 1846
Weight : 0.203kg