There is a lovely animal charity shop just next door to the dentist which is never very good for clothes but is always good for interesting things and its quite normal for me to come out with another little knick knack. It was there that I found these 2 young ladies.
They are both made of wood and this one is russian, with a label on the bottom. Her head comes off and she is a box/pot. It has some traces of paint on the back where I think someone has tried to paint her. She is not very old, 1998 is on the label but I have a small collection of russian things so she fits in nicely.
This one seems to be japanese but I have never seen anything quite like it. If you look at the top photo you might be able to see 2 rings around the narrowest part. These move and rattle so I wondered if it was a skittle so to rattle when you know it over. I suppose she might be chinese/korean but the writing on the bottom looks Japanese (based on absolutely no knowledge at all!)
If anyone can tell me anything about this one I would quite happily send you a little something to say thank you.