Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi Container by USABURO, Okamoto


Dimensions: 9-0”h

This Kokeshi container is wonderfully handcrafted with the head being a separate element and expressively detailed eyes and suggested hair treatment with the traditional top knot. The body of the doll is carved from a solid piece of paulownia wood with a clear lacquer with plum blossoms in white and red. It has been hollowed out to provide storage for personal items and a wonderfully proportioned Kokeshi. The handicrafts studied the inner workings of the different tree species. The woods used for the Kokeshi are carefully selected and combined. The feel that is created by the fine workmanship is impressive. The base container is signed in white ink by Osaburo.

Kokeshi made by Usaburo are of particularly high-quality fore which the family business was founded by Usaburo, Okamoto, born in Shinto in 1917 and passed on in 2009 at the age of 91. The manufactory is characterized by its special passion and high level of both handcrafted and machine-crafted production. The founder Usaburo, Okamoto has already won many prizes for his work. His employees and some family members are also proud winners of prizes for their work. The love for their homeland is, as he said, the source from which they draw their creativity and continually learn from innovation.

Condition: The head has two surface imperfections, (one pin whole and a spot with missing lacquer and from the effects of aging but does not take away from its display-ability or value.