Japanese Traditional Kokeshi Bobble-Head Nesting Doll | 1950

Japanese nesting dolls typically consist of a set of dolls of increasing sizes placed one inside the other. This doll incorporates of a wooden figure which separates, top from bottom, to reveal a smaller figure of the same sort inside, which has, in turn, the tinier doll inside of it (Following tradition, most dolls of this type often yield an odd number of figures). These dolls are all female; the smallest, innermost doll is lathed from a single piece of wood. The first two dolls are also from a single piece of wood but hollowed out to nest each other. Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which is quite elaborate, and incorporates traditional Japanese motifs.

The unique feature of this doll is that it is also a bobble-head Kokeshi, in which the head moves back and forth so as to give movement to the piece. The main container illustrates a female in traditional costume with her headdress and hair accessory (kansashi). Each nesting doll is in excellent condition, fully detailed, with no visible chips or cracks. Unsigned. Dimensions of each doll: 4-0”; 1-1/2”; 6/8”h.

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