Vintage Nambu Hanamaki Traditional Kokeshi by Sasaki, Kakuhei


Dimensions: 9-1/2” h

Offered is a very unique and unusual bell, or cone-shaped Kokeshi by Sasaki, Kakuhei (b. 1933). One of the distinguishing features of this doll is that it has a hair in a Bob, black, circular pattern without much decoration on the head. The face is framed with elongated side hair fringes with Hire-Mabuta, (single lid) eyes with matching eyebrows. It has the standard Neko-Bana, (cat’s nose), and red lips. Beyond that, the Birch, (Kabanoki), wood is void of decoration ,emphasizing the two-piece body form reminiscent of wearing a Michiyuki (traveling coat), which is traditionally worn on top of a kimono. Shown are two levels of the body differentiating these garments. The piece has its name, and is signed by the artist on the bottom of the figure. 

For further information see our section entitled “Browse by Family”, Japanese Traditional Kokeshi | Nambu/Kina-Kina-Kei (Family).

Condition: Excellent and beautiful condition affording the doll age-old elegance. Retains the original craft/workmanship showing a wonderfully-developed patina and commensurate with age and unrestored. The piece meets all the standards of Traditional Kokeshi collectibles.