Traditional Vintage Yajirou Traditional Kokeshi by Niiyama, Keishi

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Dimensions: 10-0”h

The creators of this type of doll hail from the small farming village of Yajirou-machi near Kamasaki Onsen in Miyagi Prefecture, once a farming village between two, tall mountains. The kiji-shi, (woodworkers), in their spare time, sent their wives to the nearby Kamasaki Onsen to sell their work to tourist shops and  Onsen’s, (hot springs). Niiyama-san studied under master: Niiyama, Hisashi, (father), b. 1915 in Shiroishi, Miyagi prefecture.

The body is painted in black and gray, unusual colors, with the understated motif, a pronounced waist which is emphasized with line work banding, a process known as Rokoru moyo, with the figure terminating in a slightly wider base. She has a simulated collar further defining the Kimono with small banding at the top with solid black detail between the head and body. The standard double eyelids, cat-shaped nose, and hair fringes frame the face. The top of the head also has the Rokoru moya circular banding. This doll is made from cherry wood, and is signed on the bottom by the artist.

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.