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warrior figure with spear for Boy's Day festival
  • Japan
  • warrior figure with spear for Boy's Day festival, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • wood, paper, paint, cloth, string, synthetic hair, embroidering, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 24 x 13 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 7/16 x 5 1/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0151
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Description

A male figure, identified as a warrior figure used in the Boy's Day festival, is standing with his feet wide apart, holding a spear in front of him. He wears his hair in a style identified as chonmage. His armor is made of paper, painted silver and black. He is wearing a purple and orange jacket. He has two epaulets and five panels around his hips that are made of black paper decorated with stitches in dark orange, off white, and grey. A silver painted panel hangs over each thigh, suspended from tan cloth with a floral design in dark blue and orange. He is wearing off-white knee-length pants under the armor. His calves are painted black, and sandals are indicated by yellow string wrapped around his feet.

His hands are blue. His spear has a black handle, red guard, and a silver colored paper blade.

The figure stands on a wooden base painted black with a gold floral design on the front.