Traditional Rare Vintage, Nanbu-kei Traditional Kokeshi by Sakashita, Takao
This simple but unique and expressive Kokeshi originated in the cities of Miyako, Hanamaki and Morioka, Atwate prefecture, and is recognizable by both its facial treatment and the red lace-like collar topping off the unpainted, smooth-surfaced flowing body. These dolls are known as kina-kina, and have a movable head, similar to the modern “nodders”. The head is a snap-on type, attached loosely, so that it would turn and wobble. It demonstrates more contemporary detailing of the face with broken side hair fringes, double-drooping eyelids, and Neko-Bana, (cat’s nose). The piece is signed by Sakashita-san (1944-2014).
Condition: Excellent, original condition, with no fading or loss of color and consistent with age and standards of collectible Folk Art. All details are perfect and as crafted.