Submitted by k2dtw December 4th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner


The three little AMA Women Pearl Divers are souvenirs.
The delicate looking figures are wood carved, wearing their white robes, their mask and showing their little faces behind the mask.. They are only 5-1/2″ tall, and they are stamped on the bottom, Japan.
They have done such a good job creating the AMA Women Pearl Divers, I was so taken with the amount of work and great detail going into something that was created for the souvenir trade market…I just love them.
You can now find the long history of the AMA Women Pearl Divers from Japan all over Google. Anyone seen them working??

9 Responses to “AMA WOMEN PEARL DIVERS…”

  1. Allee Willis

    I was never even aware of the AMA Women Pearl Divers before. See how much you learn when you’re into kitsch?!

    These are adorable. The shape of their legs drives me absolutely crazy they’re so great, the feet being exceptional. Their little helmets are even better.

    They almost look like diving nurses with dryer hose over their heads.

    I always love when I see something I’ve never seen before. And in this case, never even heard of before

  2. Douglas Wood

    I also never heard of them nor have seen anything like them before. I love them– they’re so bizarre and surreal. And they look great as a threesome. (But seeing a hundred of them would be mind-blowing.)

      • k2dtw

        Thank you… I forgot all about the James Bond Film, had to Google, “You Only Live Twice”… and it comes up.
        The actress Akiko Wakabayashi played “Kissy Suzuki”… the AMA Pearl Diver turned “Spy”.. only Ian Fleming…smile

  3. windupkitty

    Oh man! I’ve read about the ama pearl divers…i think it’s a fairly ancient tradition but is mostly touristy now??? .these statues are really beautiful! I LOVE them!!!!!!! And, of course, the 3 of them together is fabulous……i love repetition……