Vintage Traditional Kokeshi

Kiyiyama-Kei (Family) | Komatsu, Kyuki


Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 11-0” h

This is a “rare” Kijiyama-style doll having an elongated neck, with the head and body is made of a single piece of wood. The face is very gentle and expressive, and accented with red lips. The top of the head pattern represents a traditional hair style with red bow. The main motif represents a simple Chrysanthemum flower on the front of the kimono. Its painted design is finished in clear lacquer. The doll has the artist's signature on the bottom.

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

Kijiyama-Kei (Family)

Prefecture: Akita


One of the most readily recognizable of the traditional dolls is the Kijiyama type, from the region of the same name in the Akita Prefecture. The name is derived from the woodcraftsmen (Kiji-ya), who live in the remote mountains of the Tohoku region.

Collector's note – characteristics / painting style:

Most Kijiyama have a one-piece body with high shoulders, and while originally chrysanthemums were common on the earlier versions, which were of two-piece construction, the body now possesses a kimono-like painted design, with an apron (maedare), over the kimono. Kijiyama heads looks like an inverted egg, some with a red bow on top. Incorporating Plum Blossoms are closely associated with the Ogura family.

Notable Artists:

Ogura Shougo, b. 1934
Ogura Kiyushiro, Master
Ogura Masaharu, Master.
Ogura, Kyutaro, b. 1906, Grand Master
Note: Others involved in the making of the Kijiyama doll are the Takahashi and Abe families.