Antique Oshie - Kabuki Actor
Oshie (lit. 'press picture') is a traditional padded applique technique done on a paper backing. Its origins date back to the the Heian period (794 to 1185) but it became a popular pastime among wealthy women in the late Edo period (1600-1868). These women had time on their hands and access to kimono remnants to use in their craft work. Many oshie were attached to sticks like this which could be inserted into a wooden base for display.
This oshie probably dates from the late 19th century and is the figure of an Edo period kabuki actor, probably copied from an ukiyo-e print. The item in his hand is a pipe. His face is a little dirty but he's generally in good condition for his age. He measures 31cm long, including the stick, and 21cm wide.
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