Traditional Kokeshi with ‘Kiku’ Motif by Kuribayashi Issetsu

Here is a wonderful ‘creative’ Kokeshi doll decorated with stylized chrysanthemum, (kiku) flowers, in celebration of the Kiku-Matsuri (festival) held in November each year. The artist is Kuribayashi, Issetsu, who was born in 1924. Known primarily for his painted ‘kiku’, and always integrating some carving in the design on the body, his dolls are very popular with collectors. Issetsu-san has won many awards through the years, including the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award. The piece is stamped on the underside. Dimensions: 6-0”h

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