The Beautiful Lego of Japan Hawaiian Woman Head Bust
A Beautiful Vintage Lego of Japan Hawaiian Head Bust
A beautiful vintage Lego of Japan, Hawaiian or Polynesian hula girl head bust. She has the red and gold Lego foil label on felt bottom and marked with the Lego 3762/H marking. She measures nine inches tall. Great workmanship is shown in the loveliness of piece. This is one of my favorite head busts of the vintage Hawaiian era, she represents a pretty Polynesian hula girl, and this was a very popular tropic south seas head bust back in the 1950s and early 1960s. She has a remarkable amount of detailing, a lovely flower lei, and two awesome red hibiscus flowers in her hair. This masterpiece from Japan is in excellent condition, with beautiful, and carefully hand painted features, she has the original black protective felt and foil sticker is still on the bottom of the bust, stating that she is made of the finest quality by Lego of Japan.
Video of the Beautiful Hawaiian Head Bust made by Lego of Japan
The Hibiscus Flower and the Women of Hawaii
The hibiscus flower being worn in this head bust is the type that is traditionally worn by Polynesian, Tahitian, and Hawaiian girls. When the flower is worn behind the left ear it means the woman is relationship or married, and when the flower is worn on the right, she is unattached and single and therefore available to b in a new relationship. Needless to say the hibiscus is Hawaii's state flower and can be found all over the Islands.
A Beautiful Hawaiian Polynesian Woman Head Bust with Hibiscus
Lego of Japan Head Busts became very Popular in the 1950s
This Lego of Japan head bust follows a long history of the making of head busts. Head busts are a sculptured representation of the upper torso and head of a human figure; many are of beautiful women or handsome men and especially are sculptured to show only the head and part of the shoulders of the subject in the bust. These bust became very popular right after the end of World War Two up to the middle of the 1960s.
A Classic Pretty Hawaiian Girl Head Bust of Remarkable Detail.
Lego Made their Bust of a more Durable Ceramic
One of my favorite head busts of the vintage Hawaiian, pretty hula girl head. She has a remarkable detailed, a lovely flower lei, and two awesome red hibiscus flowers in her hair. This masterpiece from Japan is in excellent condition, with beautiful, and carefully hand painted features, she has the original black protective felt and foil sticker is still on the bottom of the bust, stating that she is made of the finest quality by Lego of Japan. Lego of Japan came into being about the same time as Marwal Industries Inc. in the United States which created plaster figures and busts in the Miami Florida area from around the late 1940s to the early 1960s. But Lego made their bust of a more durable resins that were a ceramic type polymer.
When the Hibiscus is worn on the right, the Girl is Single
Atsushi 敦 Sasaki 佐々木 was the Sculptor of this Hawaiian Bust
Atsushi 敦 Sasaki 佐々木 was the sculptor and artist who designed many of the more loved head bust made by the Lego of Japan Company in the late 1940s to the early 1960s. He designed and made this beautiful Hawaiian girl, plus a lovely Spanish woman, and Middle Eastern woman to name a few of his creations. He was a great talent and employee for the Lego of Japan Company and really help them move up to a world class company in that era.
Vintage 1950s Hawaiian Hula Girl Head Bust, By Lego of Japan
The Stunning Side view of the Lego Hawaiian Girl Head Bust.
Historical Information of the Lego of Japan Company
If you are wondering why you cannot find any historical information of the Lego of Japan Ceramic and China Company it is because they companies name was for the most part stolen by the more popular Lego children’s blocks company. The work of the Japanese village potters was revived at the Lego Company of Japan in the late 1940s after World War Two. It was at Lego of Japan that a new generation of ceramic artists studied new and traditional glazing forms and techniques to preserve and create a new age of native wares and marketable art forms such as this Hawaiian girl head bust. This type of craft was in danger of disappearing for the cultural history of Japan in the early years after the war. Thankfully companies like Lego had the foresight to market this new found creativity and channel it into the world market place.
It is in the detail with Lego of Japan, See the Lei on Her Neck.
You can see the Workmanship in the Lego of Japan Products.
Lego of Japan was just one of number of Japanese companies that had to retool their factories for the new world market after the war ended in the 1940s. Thankfully the Japanese styles and commitment to perfection are seen it these head bust and other works of Lego of Japan. From the late 1940s until the factories moved to China in the 1980s, you can see the workmanship in the Lego of Japan ceramic products. It did not matter whether the work was a native design or an imported theme, such as this Hawaiian girl, the workmanship shows in the finished product.
The Exquisite workmanship shines through this Head Bust
Lego of Japan, Pretty Hawaiian Head Bust
Two Lovely Soft Red Hibiscus Flower Behind her Right Ear
There was Great Demand for Exotic Head Busts in the 1960s
This change to a consumer based manufacturer tended to be continued without alteration throughout the 1960s for the Lego of Japan Company. It was during the 1950s that Lego of Japan started to feature the heads or busts of persons from different parts of the world, and they were usually of beautiful women from exotic lands. With the sudden growth of the Japanese export economy following the end of World War II there was great demand for the more exotic, or should I say beautiful tropical head busts such as the Hawaiian Girl in this article. This new market created a new and more creative head bust to be manufactured and new competition from other Japanese firms like Napco, Enesco, Ucagco, and Casco soon joined the rush to be number one in the head bust business.
Flawless Side View of the Lego Hawaiian Girl Head Bust
Hawaiian Islands are in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean
Photo of Atsushi 敦 Sasaki 佐々木 Creator of the Hawaiian Bust.
Lego of Japan Ceramic Company was located in Tokyo Japan
The first and main factory of the Lego of Japan Ceramic and Porcelain Company was in Tokyo Japan, they started producing fine china and porcelain in the year 1901, and only closed down during the last two years of World War Two. The factory and the main administration office center was totally destroyed in the firebombing raids of Tokyo during World War Two. The Lego Ceramic plant was rebuilt after the war, and was very modern and attracted many talented employees. They hired some of the best artist and sculptures known in Japan during the years after the war to produce some of the most amazing head bust, and figurines for the world market. Tragically the plant was located on very prime real estate, and by the late 1960s the firm relocated to Taiwan, and that was the company’s downfall. The quality became very poor, many of the great Japaneses artist did not stay with the Lego of Japan Company, and moved to other Japanese porcelain firms. Sadly many of the made in Taiwan items were of lower quality, and went straight to beach front gift shops for inexpensive tourist keepsakes in places like Florida, and Hawaii. Unlike the wonderful made in Japan head bust and figurines from the late 1950s and early 1960s that were sold in fine china departments in major department stores in north American and Europe.
Lego of Japan did an Excellent job in Designing this Head Bust
Tokyo Japan, was the Home of the Lego of Japan Company
Chicago on August 16, 2020:
Found two mint condition sets from the 50’s in Appleton, Wi on Craigslist. I bought one set and there still is a set left. If this helps anyone else.
Mercedes on August 14, 2020:
I had painted one in ceramics in the 1990's she came out beautiful. A few years later a family member accidently broke it. I wanted to find another ceramic place where i can do another one. But have not had luck.
G. R on August 13, 2020:
Have rare collector heads
Glenn Waters (author) on June 17, 2015:
No, but I did buy this one on EBay. There are two very nice ones on EBay right now, but they are wanting $99.95 for each bust. Sometimes you can find one that is priced just right. Thank you for your comment. I have been trying to find other head Bust by Lego of Japan. One I remember from my childhood was Nefertiti, I hope one day to find her, she was beautiful like this Hawaiian girl head bust.
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on June 16, 2015:
Very Beautiful. Were you trying to post this in eBay?