Vintage Tsuchiyu Traditional Kokeshi by Watanabe, Tetsuo

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Dimensions: 4-1/8” h

Shown is a very unusual Tsuchiyu kokeshi with all the elements of that family, but quite stylized. The short flattened head is wonderfully detailed. It has the futae-mabuta, (double lid), eyes, a naru-bana, (long nose), and just a suggestion of a mouth in red. There are black concentric circles on the top of the head called jano-me, and together with a red bow and a loop on the temporal head, (kase), are major characteristics of this family. There are wavy line patterns between diverse wide colored lines. A collector will appreciate the vivid facial expression. The piece is signed on the bottom of the doll.

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