Japanese Doll (c. 1951-1976), ILEA object No. T278AH. Photograph reproduced courtesy of Julia Parks. Photograph © University of the Arts London. University of the Arts London does not hold copyright over the object presented.

Japanese Doll

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  • Held within the Camberwell Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) Collection, this Japanese Doll is dressed in garments constructed from traditional textiles.  
  • The doll dates between 1951 and 1976. 
  • This object emerged from a traditional type of doll called “isho-ningyo” which translates in English as “costume dolls”.  
  • Isho-ningyo is a creation of the Edo-period between 1603-1867 in Japan, a time recognized for its interest in fashion, literature, theatre and stability. People of the Edo period were able to enjoy the arts given the secure political, and economic environment.  
  • This type of doll was made and purchased for purely visual enjoyment and appreciation. It acts as more of an ornament than a typical toy. The doll has been mounted in a Perspex box which restricts its physical interaction with people. 
  • The cultural traditions and interest in aesthetically pleasing objects relating to this object makes it a toy which is attractive to collectors.  

Instruction Guide Credits: Script Writer: Chenxin Yang, Ellie Honeyman, Qi Qi, Tian Li, Yetong Wu, Yixuan Zhang; Voiceover: Qi Qi ; Film Recorder: Chenxin Yang; Hand Model: Tian Li, Yixuan Zhang; Video Editor: Yetong Wu, Yixuan Zhang; Photographer: Chenxin Yang; Photo Editor: Tian Li

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  1. Moogz

    Limiting physical touch renders a human being ornamental.

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