Vintage Tsugaru Traditional Kokeshi by Kitayama, Moriharu


Dimensions: 4-3/4” h

The Tsugaru strain is the newest of the traditional kokeshi. The Tsugaru dolls from the very beginning were mostly made for kokeshi collectors or as souvenirs. One distinguishing feature of this doll is that it has a hat with a top knot in red, with what is finished using “chattering”, to add texture to the hat, with a purple top knot. There is a simple indication of hair on the sides of its face. The doll has an ornamented round chest, thin waist, and tapered lower body with red, green, yellow and purple horizontal line work. It has the Hitoe-Mabuta, (single-lid), eyes and large eyebrows, and a Maru-Bana, (round nose). The piece is signed.

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