Vintage Tougatta Traditional Kokeshi by Yonamoto, Minoru


Dimensions: 7-1/4” h

Descriptive Qualities: Each family craftsman attempted to show creativity, while following strict family doll standards. This kokeshi shows a descendants attempt to personalize his work by adding loose rings carved from one piece of lathe- turned wood. The doll incorporates red, green and purple radial designs as well as a Chrysanthemum on the base. The head of the doll called, (tegara ), is composed of a circle of flowers and bangs. The head is quite large with a slender body, making it easier for children to grasp when they were first used as toys. She has long, narrow, crescent-shaped eyes with both the upper and lower eyelids. Her nose is shaped like two pine needles, (Ware-Bana / split nose), and a red dot suggesting her mouth. The doll is signed on the bottom by the artist.

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