The art and tradition of Kokeshi dolls dates back to the early 1800’s, in the Tohoku area of Japan, with Sendai being the heart of the region. The original use of these small wooden dolls is thought to be spiritual in nature but popular opinion holds that Kokeshi were originally made by farmers for their children, and later by woodworkers, known as kijiya, who made and sold the decorated dolls as souvenirs at Onsens.
This Kokeshi is aptly named, as it is based on a Japanese proverb: “A crying child thrives.” The complexity of a child’s cries offer a scientific basis for this folk wisdom, and is represented in many forms of folk art throughout Japan. It’s eyes and mouth are wonderfully expressive with emotion.
This doll has beautiful and meticulous detailing (The decoration on the body of the doll is in a circular-style painting is known as Rokuru moyo, which is done as the doll is turned on the lathe.) with simple coloration representing the kimono and obi. It is unsigned and dated early 20th/c. Dimensions: 7-1/8” h.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection