Kokeshi | Traditional Nakanosawa Tsuchiyu Doll by Seya Juji

This is a very unique sub-strain of the traditional family of Tsuchiyu kokeshi. These large-eyed and rosy-cheeked dolls with big noses are now considered a separate class of Kokeshi within the Tsuchiyu group. Almost always decorated with bright, colorful chrysanthemums (kiku), their faces are based on a story of a street dancer who used a pillow with a hand painted clown-like expression in Inawashiro, Fukushima Prefecture. The doll was made in approximately 1950, and signed by the artist Setya Juji (born in 1924). The artist has signed this piece on the base. Dimensions: 9-1/2”h

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