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Can you identify this doll/ornament/statue?
December 4, 2013 8:40 AM   Subscribe

There is a doll/ornament/statue in this poor quality picture that I'd very much like to identify. The only clues I have is that it's likely Asian, possibly Japanese, Korean or Chinese. Any ideas?
posted by merocet to Media & Arts (8 answers total)
The only Google image search thing that I think comes close is this flickr image of a doll in a shop window but clearly the doll I'm searching for is more conservatively dressed.
posted by merocet at 8:48 AM on December 4, 2013

I think the keyword you need is "dollfie".
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:17 AM on December 4, 2013

Doesn't look like anything I saw in Korea, but the picture quality is pretty bad.
posted by kathrynm at 9:20 AM on December 4, 2013

If that actually is a couch, the scale and domestic setting makes me think it might be a vacuum cleaner cover, kind of like this?
posted by fussbudget at 9:27 AM on December 4, 2013 [8 favorites]

I think the keyword you need is "dollfie".

OMG this is going to be so embarrassing.

The first picture looks to me like a handmade cloth doll. There's this extensive website with patterns and tutorials about how to make anime-like cloth dolls that maybe you'd like.

Now, the second picture...

The little doll in the left with her finger to her chin is a pinky:st. I own lots of pinky:st. They're something like 10cm high. A regular Dollfie Dream is just under 60cm high, so the doll in that picture clearly isn't a dollfie dream or any 1/3 scale doll at all. It's definitely over 1m high.

It could be Obitsu's 150cm body, but the knee joints are totally wrong for that, so I have to assume it's one of, erm, "those" dolls that are used as an "aid" by a certain class of otaku (if you know what I mean, wink wink and so on). I'm not going to link to any of that stuff. Akihabara can be like that, too.
posted by sukeban at 10:14 AM on December 4, 2013 [3 favorites]

Brilliant! I had no idea that these things even existed.
posted by merocet at 10:18 AM on December 4, 2013


OTOH, if you want a 1/6 scale (27cm high, Barbie-sized) dollfie, there are a couple of maid character dolls in the Volks store here at a bit over the 100$ mark.

If you wanted a 60cm high Dollfie Dream, you could buy one of the Standard Models and buy a maid outfit separately. Since the Dollfie Dream fandom skews towards the terminal otaku types, this is not difficult at all.

They're just a lot more expensive that the 1/6 dollfies...
posted by sukeban at 10:33 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm pretty sure that it's a vacuum cleaner cover as fussbudget suggested. The object to the left is indeed a sofa. The bigger picture that the image I posted is cropped from will actually be the inspiration for the background of an oil painting I'm working on now. I wanted to get a more detailed idea of what the "doll" was so I could see better what to paint. A picture like this will be perfect for that.

Sukeban, those things are fascinating and may well make a guest appearance in a future painting. Thanks for all the detail.
posted by merocet at 11:48 AM on December 4, 2013

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