Vintage Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi by Murakami, Ken-Ichi

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Dimensions: 8-1/2”h

The title of this Kokeshi is “Yuki | Snow Maiden” in which Murakiam’san felt it was sometimes best to allow the wood to do the speaking, and to use a simple line- drawing of the face and snow coat as the perfect expressive quality of a doll. Incorporated is minimal Sumi-e’ ink and wash drawing technique that is not simply meant to reproduce the appearance of the facial characteristics including her hair bangs, and additionally to represent the hooded winter snow coat, (Mino) which she is wearing, and capturing its spirit. The piece is made of Beech, (Buna) with a base of Oak (Kashiwa) and has the doll title on the back of its base and the carvers stamp on the bottom. 

Condition: Excellent, retains the original craft/workmanship. No discoloration, chipping/cracking, or slight surface wear with a lovely lightly used warmth. The piece meets all the standards of Kokeshi collectible Folk Art. 

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