Vintage Traditional Kijiyama Kokeshi by Kyutaro, Ogura

Sale price$125.00

Dimensions: 10-0” h

This doll is unique in its overall design and motif and became the most representative doll of this strain. It has a shorter but elongated neck and head and is made of a single piece of wood. The expressive face and simple hairstyle give the Kijiyama kokeshi a more realistic appearance which is typical of this style. Her striped kimono with a stylized Chrysanthemum design and apron was created in the early 1950s. The doll is painted in black outline with red accents, celebrating the natural characteristics of the wood from which it was formed. The doll has a rich chestnut hue, which adds a warm and inviting aesthetic to the piece, and is finished in a clear lacquer. There is writing to the right of the artist's signature with the doll's identification. This doll was fully made by this artist as opposed to later versions that were simply painted by the artist and the doll itself was lathe-turned by a family member.

Mr. Ogura passed in 1998 at the age of 91. In his later years, the Ogura's family members would make the dolls and he would complete all the artwork on the body. He was a very famous and popular artist. His dolls are still very much collected and prized.

Vintage Condition: Excellent with no defects that affect the design, and retains the original craft/workmanship, commensurate with age. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage is noted.