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816-235-7731, Lee@sturgesword.com


                      Rare Japanese Dolls in the Heart of the Midwest
         The Toy & Miniature Museum to Host Asian Gallery Reception on Japanese Dolls

KANSAS CITY, MO.——The Toy & Miniature Museum’s Asian Gallery recently acquired some rare
Japanese dolls, known as Ningyos. The existing Asian Gallery features fine scale miniatures and dolls, as
well as a beautiful set of Hina Dolls dating back to the 1890’s, gifted to the Museum from the Kurashiki-
Kansas City Friendship Association of Kurashiki City, Japan.

New acquisitions include rare specialty pieces such as:

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           A Gosho Ningyo with Takarafune treasure ship by artist Heian Kiho, Early 20 Century.
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           A large, finely dressed doll from the 18 Century, donning an elaborate kimono with an
           accompanying child and cat, holding a dendentaiko toy.
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           A 19 Century signed ivory netsuke belt toggle depicting a ningyo holding a horse.
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           A 20 Century ningyo grouping depicting the ‘Tale of the Tongue-Cut Sparrow’.
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           A Mid-19 Century ivory ningyo depicting the Goddess of Mirth.

To welcome the addition, Alan Scott Pate, leading subject matter expert, author, and owner of the Gallery
‘Antique Japanese Dolls’ in Montana, will shed light on the beauty and meaning behind the art form.

WHO:                Japanese Doll Expert Alan Scott Pate
WHAT:               Talk ‘New Acquisitions- Japanese Dolls’
WHEN:               Tuesday, March 24, 2009
                    5:30 p.m.

ABOUT:              In an educational presentation, Pate will take visitors into the fascinating world of
                    Japanese doll art, giving them valuable insight about the history of the dolls. Guests will
                    learn about the culture in which they were produced, why they were created, messages
                    the artists were conveying with their work, and more about the Toy & Miniature Museum’s
                    collection.

DETAILS:            Reservations required
                    Members- free
                    Museum guests- $5
                    Refreshments provided
                    For reservations, contact Tony Julo at 816.333.9328

Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City has delighted visitors with its marvels and family activities for over 25 years.
Last summer, the Museum gathered a crowd of over 600 to break the Guinness World Record for ‘World’s Largest Marble
Tournament’. Visitors, both young and young-at-heart, travel from all over the world to see an unparalleled collection of
dolls, miniatures and toys. For more information, call 816.333.9328.

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