Kokeshi | Creative Yuzawa Kijiyama by Shibuya Shinraku

This is a wonderful, large example of a Kokeshi with peony motif by Shibuya Shinruku, a prolific doll maker who is considered a ‘transitional’ Kokeshi artist. While he is from Akita Prefecture, where traditional Kijiyama Kokeshi originated, he is based in the Yuzawa area of Akita, and is a ‘creative’ (sosaku) artist due to his use of large, brightly painted Peonies and other designs not found on traditional Kijiyama dolls. The doll has a Shinraku’s signature and doll identification is included on the back. Dimensions: 13-1/2”h

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