Pair of Antique Japanese Zuijin dolls (“Minister of the Right” & “Minister of the Left”) | 19th Century
Zuijin, (also known as Zuishin), are Shinto protector deities modeled after two of the most powerful positions within the Japanese court during the Heian period (794–1185). They are dressed as captains of the imperial bodyguard, but in effect they were escorts when noblemen would travel. Unofficially, however they were more powerful than those who outranked them. The Minister of the Left (Sa-daijin) is frequently clothed in red with the face of a younger man with his mouth closed. The Minister of the Right (U-daijin) is clothed in black with the face of an old man with long grey eyebrows and beard with his mouth open. Both typically flanked the entrances to a place of worship.
Condition: Overall very good as would be consistent with age; no fraying or loss of the silk material on the garments, no apparent fading of the garments and fully outfitted as originally made. Both as originally fabricated sitting on top of an imitated animal skin rug. Their swords, bow and arrows are intact with exceptional detailing. Some wear to the feathers on the arrows. Faces and hands made of gofun, (pulverized oyster & clam shell coating on the surface from the Muromachi period). Both are in perfect condition. Dimensions, (each doll): 10-0”h x 7-0”w x 7-0”d.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection