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woman carrying a lantern
  • Japan
  • woman carrying a lantern, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • plaster of Paris, paint, wood, metal
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 x 7.5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4 5/16 x 2 15/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0130

A small plaster figure of a woman wearing a black and green kimono with gold stars and pink flowers. She wears a white obi with gold characters. Her underdress is red. Her hairstyle is elaborate with pink, green, and silver ornaments. She holds her kimono closed with her proper left hand and a round red lantern is suspended from a gold handle in her proper right hand. She is wearing tall geta sandals. The figure stands on a black wooden base.

The long kimono sleeves, long obi, geta sandals, red underdress, and "youthful" hair ornaments indicate her status as an apprentice geisha.