Sosaku Kokeshi by Shido, ...

Descriptive Qualities— Shido-san enjoyed the textural qualities of ‘Chattering’ on the rain/snow coat, which allows minimal painted ornamentation, with an emphasis on the natural wood. This vintage doll represent girls wearing a Minomushi, (Snow Coat), which is a favorite theme. The Mino is an article of clothing worn to protect rural people of the mountains […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Yusa, F...

Descriptive Qualities— A vintage Kokeshi simply defined in two separate sections of two contrasting woods, this figure is minimally rendered with a few ink brush strokes defining the face. The wood color and grain give definition to the Haori. The use of Chatter work adds texture to the base. Condition: Exceptionally well maintained with strong […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Sekiguc...

Descriptive Qualities— Fishermen, (Ikusanga), are seen depicted on woodblock prints, and included in haiku, a form of poetry. This continues in the world of Kokeshi, and has been used as the central theme of this character. The use of Chatter Work on the body of this doll is exceptional. The doll carries all the elements […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Miyajim...

Descriptive Qualities— This beautiful, delicate doll emphasizes a traditional hair design, (taregami) and cascading Spring flowers, (Haru), painted on the body. Miyajima-sans distinctive hairstyle makes his dolls very unique among kokeshi. Condition: Nice patina and aging with clearly defined flora. Dimension: 8-1/4”h. Additional Information — Miyajima-san was born in 1929 in Yonezawa City of Yamagata […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Kobayas...

Description Qualities— This is a beautiful rare large vintage Japanese Sosaku style Creative Kokeshi doll by one of the earlier master artist Kobayashi Inosuke. The title translated to read: Rosy Cheeks. Condition: Original, excellent condition and carving. Signed by Kobayashi-san on the back of the doll. Dimensions: 16-1/4”h and weighs 8 lb. Additional Information— Inosuke […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Yamanak...

Descriptive Qualities — As with many Kokeshi, flowers are an important and central theme. Sometimes quite detailed and realistic, and other times abstracted, as illustrated in this model. In Japan, women of the Heian period preferred long unbound hair, (taregami), which is recalled by many artists and used as a predominant theme. Condition:Original, no dings […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Takeda,...

Descriptive Qualities— We find many interpretations of the seasons, and this particular piece depicts autumn. The maple leaves are called ‘kouyou’ or ‘momiji’ in Japanese. Their beauty has been expressed in poems, songs, and on decorative objects, and is beautifully incorporated into the design of this doll. With the exception of her face, the majority […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Takahas...

Descriptive Qualities— Motifs that specifically relate to years of the Japanese zodiac, and nature, are important elements incorporated into creative kokeshi. Condition: As originally made with seal and signature of Takahashi-san. Dimension: 9-3/4”h. Additional Information — Originally a fine arts painter, Takahashi-san is from Sendai, (where Traditional Kokeshi were born), in Miyagi Prefecture, (1918-2002). His […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Shido S...

Descriptive Qualities— A very unusual and slender doll made of varied types of wood. The textural quality of each gives further definition to the different parts of the kokeshi. The doll is wearing a headpiece called a ‘Tsunokakushi’, which is a wide headdress or hood, which covers her elaborate hairstyle. Condition: Excellent as originally created. […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Sato | ...

Descriptive Qualities— Young wheat and autumn grasses are often used as a motif in Japan, and here delicately rendered in light and dark colors. These dolls exemplify an exuberant decorative style. In contrast is the black obi, one with flowers and one geometric, differentiating the parts of the Kimono. Both dolls were produced in 1960, […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Sato, S...

Descriptive Qualities— Young wheat and autumn grasses are often used as a motif in Japan, and here delicately rendered in light and dark colors. These dolls exemplify an exuberant decorative style. In contrast is the black obi, one with flowers and one geometric, differentiating the parts of the Kimono. Both dolls were produced in 1960, […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Okamoto...

Descriptive Qualities— The lathe-turning and ribbing of the natural wood give a depth and textural quality to this Kokeshi. Autumn is represented by multi-colored falling leaves, and signals the coming of winter. Condition: Excellent as originally produced with artist seal. Dimension: 14-0”h Additional Information— Usaburo was the patriarch of the most prolific family of Creative […]

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