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 Condition: As originally made with seal and signature of Takahashi-san.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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Sosaku Kokeshi by Sato, K...

Descriptive Qualities— Here Kouson uses the influence of Autumn to ornament these dolls. Illustrated are different fall leaves in elegant brush strokes, and she has rendered them in exquisitly beautiful colors. Dimensions: 11-1/2”h. Conditon: Excellent with wonderfully coloration and signed by Sato-san. Additional Information— One of the few female creative Kokeshi makers recognized as an […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Sato, K...

Descriptive Qualities— Here Kouson uses the influence of Autumn to ornament these dolls. Illustrated are different fall leaves in elegant brush strokes, and she has rendered them in exquisitly beautiful colors. Dimensions: 11-3/4-”h. Condition: Very good with wonderful color rendition and signed by Sato-san. Additional Information— One of the few female creative Kokeshi makers recognized […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Kiyohar...

Descriptive Qualities— This is a wonderful kokeshi made by Kiyohara-san in which he employs two different wood in which the Haori is textured and painted in white blossoms. He carved out a portion of the body to accept a tie obi, expressing a very country look to the piece. Dimensions: 7-1/4”h. Condition: Very good and […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Takamiz...

Descriptive Qualities— White plum blossoms on branches set the theme for this Kokeshi. The Cherry wood lends a natural character and richness in the execution of this doll. The thickly painted plum blossoms float on the body, adding another dimension to the piece. Dimension: 14-1/2”h. Condition: Wonderful with texturally painting and signed by Takamizawa-san. Additional […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Takahas...

Descriptive Qualities— During the peak of the autumn season in Japan, the leaves of the maple and ginkgo trees turn red and yellow, in concert, presenting beautiful scenery at every turn. Colorful leaves, (Koyo), are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring. The appreciation of autumn leaves has been a popular motif […]

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