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Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi

"Kiku | Chrysanthemum"

Kuribayashi, Issetsu

Age:Mid 1940s

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 8-1/4”h

Kuribayashi created numerous dolls wit this slender form. The heads in this series are all left natural with traditional hairstyles and top-knot. Abstract Chrysanthemums on the Kimono continues this floral theme. There is a small impressed stamp with the artists name and Onsen.

Vintage Condition: “As is” with some scattered light wear or stain that does not affect the design, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted.