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Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi Dolls

The Kokeshi-kojin is a craftsperson who creates figures from beginning to end, and Kokeshi collectors are drawn to the aesthetic beauty and simplicity of the form of these spirit-infused, lathe-turned dolls. Created as toys for children, and souvenirs for the Japanese traveler, Kokeshi represent different aspects of daily life in Japanese society, which began in the early 1940s, flourished from 1950 through the 1970s, and continues, even today.

Having been involved in research for thirty years with the members of the Tohoku and Gifu Kindai Association and publishing books on Sosaku Kokeshi; one softbound book entitled: Kokeshi: Wooden Treasures of Japan, as well as publishing one hardbound and e-Book version entitled: Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement, one e-book on collecting entitled: A Collector's Guide: Traditional and Creative Kokeshi and Toys we do our very best to keep our readers informed on the subject. In this section, we feature a variety of dolls adorned with motifs representing history, folk tales, abstract interpretations of fashion, nature, and everyday life. A Provenance is included in the history of the doll and archived after the sale for future research and reference