Painted Geisha Tall and Lovely Marked Occupied Japan
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This outstanding china statue of a geisha was made in Japan during the 1945-1952 Allied occupation. It's marked "MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN" in black print under the glaze on the bottom. While she has Asian facial features, her hairdo is a Western one typical of the 1940's-1950's, pinned up on each side by pink pom-poms or flowers. She's wearing a pearl grey kimono, decorated with black calligraphy symbols down the front, not one of which means anything in Japanese. The same thing applies to the pink decorations on her white fan, held by her hand with delicately red polished nails. Her white socks are peeking out from her hem and she's standing bowed in a subservient posture on a black base.
This is a tall geisha, standing 12 inches high and resting on a 4 inch diameter base. It's in exceptional condition and a wonderful find for collectors and decorators alike.