holding a puppet in her right hand.
nodder wearing a robe with Ginkgo leaf pattern.
Kyoto National Museum, Japan
carved wood figures, completely covered in gofun. "Clothing" is sculpted of gofun, gold powder with red and green as additional colors.
Among Kyoto dolls, SAGA-NINGYÔ are the oldest and the most distinctive. Because these dolls portray Taoist themes with a noble and spiritual appearance, they are thought to have originated among sculptors of Buddhist statues in the early Edo period. They are believed to have been carved by sculptors in the Saga area near Kyoto, Japan.
and more info : 'Antique Japanese dolls' by Alan Pate.