Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi by Suizan Shinobu entitled: “Haniya Oni”


Dimensions: 12-0” h

This figure is executed in dogwood and carved to honor Oni, a kind of yōkai, demon, or ogre in Japanese folklore. He is typically portrayed as a hulking figure with one or more horns growing out of his head. The creature was introduced from China along with Buddhism feeling that they can nevertheless be converted to Buddhism and a symbol of protection. Japanese people believe that Oni possesses intriguingly complex aspects that cannot be brushed away simply as evil. It is carving giving life to the body of the piece. The doll is signed on the bottom.

Vintage Condition: Very good, “as is” with some scattered stain from aging that does not affect the design, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted.