Japanese Traditional Kokeshi | Yajirou-Kei (Family) Doll by Niiyama, Fukuo


Dimensions: 15-3/4”h

What an exceptional find in museum quality condition. This Kokeshi was crafted and painted by Hisashi Niiyama who was born i n 1915 and apprenticed under his father Kyuji Niiyama and followed in his tradition of turning Yajirou dolls. 

As common with this style of Kokeshi it has a distinctly narrow waist line and wider bases. This Yajirou utilizes a veritable rainbow of colors, from the usual red, purple, blue and green, and in a very unusual undulating form. The upper body has a hand-painted collar with horizontal stripes encircling the neck and body with simple brush stokes in green on the bodice. These Rokoru moyo style horizontal red stripes continue below the waist, terminating at the base with red vertical line work. The top of the head shows red, purple rings with a green center spot on the top of the skull with painted beret-like feature with side hair fringes framing the face. The face is detailed with expressive one lid or double eyelids, cat nose and red lips. The doll is lathe-turned from one piece of cherry wood. The piece is signed on the bottom in script by the artist.

Condition: Excellent and commensurate with age with no fading of the painted motif. Wonderful workmanship, turning and painted features. Fine example of the Yajirou-kei Family of Kokeshi.