"Usugori | Chilly Morning" "Usugori | Chilly Morning"

Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi

"Usugori | Chilly Morning"

Murakami, Ken, ichi


Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 5-1/2” h

It is sometimes best to allow the wood to do the speaking, and to use a simple indentation representing the features of her snow coat and nose as the perfect expressive quality of a doll. Sumi-e’ ink drawing of her eyes and hair are simply meant to reproduce the facial appearance of the subject, and to capture its spirit. All beautifully illustrated in this doll. Murakami’s stamp is on the bottom of the piece.

Vintage Condition: “As is” with some scattered light wear or stain that does not affect the design, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted. 

Artisan | Woodworker: Murakami, Kenichi | 1929-


A multi-award winner, Murakami-san was born in Yamagata City. Though his family were well-known woodcraftsmen, Kenichi studied oil painting in the early 1940s, but began training and creating Sosaku Kokeshi by 1946. He primarily creates dolls with minimal decoration, with an emphasis on a variety of woodworking techniques. He is a multi-prize winning artist including the coveted Prime Minister Award.

Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:

This artist loved to capture the innocence of a young child. Murakami-san prided himself on producing wonderful, textural pieces created by deep carving and horizontal cut lines to suggest and reinforce the subject. His dolls could be painted, like illustrating the yukata, or left unornamented using simple lines to suggest the use of a snow coat, (Mino) during the winter season. Sumi’-e was often employed to capture the spirit of the subject.

Artist's signature:

Murakami Ken-Ichi Kokeshi Signature