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Japanese Samurai Warrior Doll - Japan excels in many arts, among them is the art of doll making. The doll shown in this page is a fine example of it. The author does not know very much about the doll. It was purchased from a gentlemen who claimed to have traveled for the US Army all over the South Pacific after the end of the war. In his travels he picked up several dolls, this one being one of them.

The level of detail of the head and the helmet are quite good. The helmet is composed of a series of plates attached by threads. this is very much the same way in which the real life helmets were constructed. Notice how the front of the helmet uses the cherry blosom type flowers whose use carried over to the japanese army during WWII.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for Japanese WWII field gear. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out specific points that should be noted.

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The bow and sword are key elements of a Samurai warrior. The pictures above provide a close look at both of them. The level of detail in the armor and arrows is very intricate.

The horse also displays a great deal of workmanship. The wire mesh used to sculpt the body and head is begining to show up. The use of the color orange is very extensive in both the warrior and the horse. This color was also employed heavily in the full size armor

Many WWII Japanese field gear items are currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other WWII Japanese items, you can do so by going to our WWII Japanese Collectibles identification guide, where we discussed items from different groups and organizations.


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Availability Hard to find Hard to find Hard to find Hard to find Hard to find
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