The Nara Itto-Bori (one cutter carving) originated in the Kamakura-era (1185-1392), when the dolls were used for the festival of Kasugajinja Shrine. The master sculptor Morikawa Toen (1829-1894) finally perfected this doll into a fine work of art. The carving technique and its style have been preserved to this day. To make this doll, the artist carves with a chisel and then paints fine and brilliant colors. The doll usually represents Japanese classical dances such as Noh, or the Bugaku dance, animals-deer, hina dolls, armor and helmets.