Matsue Anesama Ningyo paper doll
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These dolls are said to have been originally handmade by the ladies-in-waiting to the Matsue clan as a means of passing the time and by the daughters of samurai families as toys. Many kinds of anesama ningyo are found throughout Japan, but Matsue's dolls are particularly elegant. Anesama ningyo ordinarily have very simplified faces, but the dolls of Matsue have sweet faces with small round mouths, delicate eyes, and rosy cheeks. Lafcadio Hearn described the dolls as having oval faces with long, sloped, shiny eyes cast downwards demurely.