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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Mary O'Neill Doll Museum Regional Doll collections will be available for viewing online

The Mary O'Neill Doll Museum Regional Doll collections will be available for viewing online. Currently, we are in the process of creating those online galleries for you. Those blog pages will contain the doll images only.
All dolls will be grouped by the continents e.g. African Doll Gallery or geographical areas e.g. Middle East Doll Gallery, in some cases by the country e.g. Japanese Doll Gallery,  Mexican doll Gallery etc.

The specific data regarding the age, manufacturer, and in most cases  the country will not be given before we publish our book on regional dolls. In the meantime, you are welcome to visit our online  galleries especially designed for online visitors where we will give you enough clues to make your visit enjoyable.

You can follow the regional dolls up by their individual numbers e.g. European doll (European Doll Gallery) 2354. The number of doll in each gallery will start with number 1, e.g. European doll 1.


Click on this link to visit our Japanese Doll Collection
Japanese Doll Collection - Online Gallery

Saturday, February 7, 2015

An example of Japanese Fuji Musume blossom doll with wisteria made in 1950s

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum
This is an example of a Japanese Fuji Musume blossom doll with wisteria made in 1950s.
Height 30 cm.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Examples of a Japanese geisha doll with seven hats made between 1950 - 1970

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum
Mary O'Neill Doll Museum

Examples of  a Japanese geisha doll dressed to perform a Hat Dance.
Height: 40 cm (doll on the left made in 1950s). Height: 25 cm (doll on the right).
In one of the doll books written in English this doll was described as Sakura Ningyo.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Examples of Princess Yaegaki Japanese doll made in the 1950s

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum
Mary O'Neill Doll Museum
Examples of Princess Yaegaki Japanese doll made in the 1950s.
Height 28 cm(left) and 38 cm (right).

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

An example of a Japanesse Hime Daruma doll

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum
This is an example of a Japanese Hime Daruma dolls. Daruma was the first teacher, a father of  Zen Buddhism. Both, the Daruma doll and Hime Daruma doll have religious context. These dolls are also used as charms, talisman and amulets for prayer.

This may also involve other practices based on people's beliefs and accordingly to this the Daruma doll may give only one-years protection from evil. There are other implications that may be not be quite clear. Some people who are believers are very careful when dealing with this type of doll.

One of the Zen Buddhist  interpretation of  Hime Daruma dolls as a pair was based on a Chinese  legend. The Daruma doll in red always represents the Empress called Jinguu and the other darker colour one represents the Emperor called  Chuuai. These dolls are sold as a pair and are suitable as a wedding gifts (see the photo).

This type of doll is also known as Princess Daruma of Matsuyama or Matsuyama Hime Daruma. The town Matsuyama is located on Shikoku Island  where the traditional observation of Daruma sunrises and sunsets takes place. Matsuyama is a big Zen Buddhist centre  and a variety of Daruma dolls are traditionally sold during the Spring Festival. Princess Daruma of Matsuyama doll is slightly different from Hime Daruma doll.

Photo: The Hime Daruma dolls. Height 24 cm. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Japanese Awa dancer doll made in 1960

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum
This is an example of a  Japanese Awa dancer doll made in 1960s, or earlier. Kento Ogawa translated for our museum all  information written in Japanese. Height 35 cm.