Dolls, Hakata Bride and Groom, Unglazed Pottery, Japan, Vintage

Dolls, Hakata Bride and Groom, Unglazed Pottery, Japan, Vintage


Vintage Hakata Dolls, Bride and Groom, Wedding Couple – SEE BELOW FOR DESCRIPTION & CONDITION



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  • Made in Japan
  • Vintage: 1970’s – 1980’s (estimated)
  • Details:  A lovely wedding couple, part of the Hakata Doll tradition. They are dressed in the traditional Japanese wedding kimonos and have very sweet faces.  Each piece is hand painted with extremely fine detail, they are made of clay.  They both retain their “Made in Japan” blue paper stickers.  We have seen these dolls dated to the 1960’s, although some Hakata Dolls are from that period, and even older, these wedding couples we believe are more recent.  The detail on these dolls are outstanding, however, they are very delicate and as such, there are minor condition issues, see “Condition” below.     
  • Material:  Ceramic (Unglazed)
  • Dimensions: Groom Approx.: 5.5 inches Tall, 3.0 inches Wide and 3.25 inches Deep.  Bride: same dimensions except a little wider, approx. 3.5 inches Wide) 
  • Condition:  Vintage – Used.  Good Vintage Condition.   Groom has minor surface scratches, mostly visible on the black kimono, he also has dark spots within his hair, minor paint loss on his left cheek and hands.  Bride has small area of paint loss and black marks on her hat.  All has been photographed.  Please review all pictures and make sure you love this item before purchasing, we can’t accept returns.  All Sales Final.  Please remember these are ANTIQUE and VINTAGE items, they are NOT new, every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. 
  • Shipping is included, (continental US only), unless otherwise noted.  AK, HI and International shoppers will see additional shipping fees based on your location.

Hakata Dolls date back to the 17th century.  They originated in Hakata, which was a district in Fukuoka before the city merger in 1889. The largest city on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, Fukuoka is actually two cities – Fukuoka and Hakata – rolled into one.   During WWII, Hakata dolls became very popular with American soldiers, who brought them back as souvenirs and presents. Japan started exporting Hakata dolls worldwide shortly afterwards.  The typical Hakata is unglazed, however, you will find some are glazed, we prefer them unglazed as the glazing dulls the finish.  Today Hakata dolls, or ningyo, are one of Fukuoka’s most iconic symbols and enduring crafts.

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Weight2.8 lbs
Dimensions10 × 10 × 8 in


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