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Japanese geisha doll

Significance 

When the S.S. Chuyei Maru docked in Vancouver in 1951, it was the first Japanese merchant vessel to visit the city since the end of World War II. To commemorate the occasion, and the resumption of trade between B.C. and Japan, Captain Jintaro Yamaguchi presented this doll to the citizens of Vancouver. The doll is a representation of a leading geisha of the time. The doll’s graceful stance and elegant embroidered orange silk kimono recall the beauty of the Japanese geisha.
The doll was originally in the collections held at the City Museum at Carnegie Hall, as well as in the private collection of Major J. S. Matthews, the founder of the City Archives.

Date Range 
c. 1950s
Place of Manufacture 
Japan
Place of Use 
Vancouver
Dimensions 
62.5 cm tall, 38 cm wide, 32 cm long
Museum Location 
Storage
Catalog Number 
DB 1474a-b
Donor 
Major J.S. Matthews