Antique Sakunami Kokeshi by Hiraga, Teizo (Master)


This Sakanumi Kokeshi is made of one piece of turned wood with old stylized phonetic Japanese writing in black that dominates the body design. It has painted bands on the body as well as black chrysanthemum flowers on the head of the doll. The doll has a disproportionately larger head that is set on top of a formed shoulder giving some relief to the cylindrical body form. The eyes are referred to as a double lid with a bana tear drop nose only used by this family for this style of doll. It has bangs and side hair fringes on both sides of the face. The doll is signed on the bottom by the artist.

This doll is an older Kokeshi form of lathe-turned doll only made from Mizuki, a very pale, fine-grained variety of dogwood, which grows in the Yamagata area.

Condition: Excellent meaning that the piece retains its original craft/workmanship showing a wonderful-developed patina commensurate which suggests a degree of wear that corresponds to its vintage. It is void of damage, cracks, bre