Japanese Traditional Kokeshi | Yajirou-Kei (Family) Doll by Yoshihiro Sato


Dimensions: 17-3/4”h

This is an award-winning Kokeshi for which the silver label still remains on the bottom of the doll with the signature of the Yoshihiro-san in the script is on the bottom of the piece. This particular Yajirou is a little more formal in its overall design and execution. 

This particular style of Kokeshi has a totally straight body with just slight tapering of the overall form. This Yajirou shows no brilliant colors other than black and grey. The unusual element is the tampered shoulder attachment between the head and upper body. This treatment and the upper part of the body has a hand-painted collar with horizontal stripes encircling the neck and body with Rokoru moyo style horizontal black stripes framing the black and grey stacked chrysanthemums. The same chrysanthemums appear at the top of the head with painted beret-like features with side hair fringes framing the face. The face is detailed with expressive one lid or double eyelids, pick-shaped 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.