Vintage Traditional Hijiori Kokeshi by Suzuki, Seiichi

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Dimensions: 12-0” h

There are few craftsmen who make this type of kokeshi. It shows a mixture of Tougatta and Narugo. This kokeshi is a large “rattle”. It's most recognizable feature is the large head that is hollow and filled with rice, (gara iri), that creates a sharp sound when it is shaken. The head is edged with thick black hair accenting her face. The double-lid eyes are shown under her large eyebrows with slightly opened and accentuated pursed red lips. Her nose is the Naga-Bana style, (long nose that is very pronounced). The simulated kimono has the standard layered red and green Chrysanthemum pattern, which is framed, utilizing Rokuru-Moyo horizontal lines, against the natural yellowed wood. The top of her head shows expressive and flaming Chrysanthemum leaves. The doll is signed on the bottom by the artist.

Vintage Condition: Excellent, (“as is”), retaining the original craft/workmanship, commensurate with age. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage is noted.