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"Teddy Roosevelt" Japanese Marionette Head, circa 1906


Originally part of a satirical but oddly expressive marionette puppet representing U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt. An important foreign figure to the Japanese in the first years of the 20th century. This beautifully carved and painted piece was made during the Meiji era. Provenance: From the collection of Nils Nessim, legendary Swedish antiquaire. Nessim was a celebrated collector of East Asian art, author and dealer and historian of Chinese and central Asian carpets.


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    circa 1906
  • Dimensions

    H 6.75 in. x W 5.5 in. x D 5.5 in.

    H 17.15 cm x W 13.97 cm x D 13.97 cm

  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
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