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Yoshitsune figure for Boy's Day festival
  • Japan
  • Yoshitsune figure for Boy's Day festival, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • wood, paper, cloth, metal, string, paint, ribbon, glass, synthetic hair, embroidering, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 23.5 x 12.5 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 1/4 x 4 7/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0146

A standing human figure identified as the warrior Yoshitsune. The figure is attached to a black base and is wearing white clothing with red armor plates. The armor plates are made from red paper and are decorated with embroidering in light orange and white lines and "x" shapes. The figure wears dark green boots and gloves, with gold colored metal plates over the front of the boots. There are white and pink dots on both boots and gloves. There is a white ribbon sash around the waist. The sleeves of the figure's shirt are red with gold and white brocade patterns. In the figure's proper right hand, he holds a staff with a top made from gold-colored strips of paper that curl at the top. There are gold-colored metal plates on the figure's chest. The figure is wearing a black helmet that has a red brocade strip and two flaps at the front, red paper armor plates around the back edge, and a gold colored "U" shaped ornament at the front. The figure's face is painted pink, has glass eyes, and shoulder-length straight black hair.

Yoshitsune was a 12th century Japanese warrior. This version is a doll for Boy's Day.