Traditional Vintage Nambu/Kina Kina Family Kokeshi by Suzumago, Jitsutarou

Sale price$65.50

Dimensions: 14-1/2”h

This is the traditional Kina Kina Kokeshi of the Nambu-kei family by Jitsutaro, Suzumago (b.1908-1984). This doll was styled after what might well be considered the original Kokeshi as it is said they were always unpainted and modeled after a smaller version of the baby’s pacifier or ‘teething’ doll called Kikuriboko, or "Child of Wood" (see the second image of the Mother & Child version comparing the size of the two). The larger version was a doll made for an adult and was modeled after the same body form. As in every case the wood has a very smooth surface and no ornamentation to facilitate its purpose. The Kokeshi has the standard “nodder” head that is snapped onto the body so that they would turn and wobble. With no decoration other than a refined form and a suggestion of an obi on the body. The piece is titled and signed on the base.

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Condition: Excellent vintage condition and as originally made. Beautiful polished patina developed from age with no flaws. The doll has been published in A Collectors Guide: Traditional and Creative Kokeshi and Toys.