Miss Oita, an Ambassador of Goodwill (Japanese Friendship Doll), was one of 58 doll ambassadors sent by Japanese school girls from Japan's kindergarten and primary schools, who then received 2,739 doll messengers of friendship in the spring of 1927 from American school children. This goodwill adventure was carried out under the auspices of the Committee on World Friendship Among Children, instituted by the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America.
Miss Oita came from the Prefecture of Oita, Japan and was given to the Museum of Natural History (SSM) in 1928.
The doll has a pale face with painted features, shoulder length dark hair and a highly detailed costume consisting of three furisode style (long-sleeved) kimonos secured with an obi with a scarf-like obiage and a cord tie (obijime). Her feet are covered with white split toe socks (tabi).
The mount is likely cedar, grass mat, and metal.
|Dimensions||H-33 W-13 D-9.5 inches|
|Credit line||Gift of Japan's International Committee on Friendship Among Children|