Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Kuri no on'nanoko | Chestnut Girl ” by Yamanaka, Sanpei (1926-2012)

Sale price$60.00

Dimensions: 4-0”h

Offered is an old and more human-like version of this form of Kokeshi by Yamanaka-san. Simplicity is so much more, when it celebrates the plain and pure, just like this interpretation of a child portrayed in this charming figure. It is, of course, styled to imitate the chestnut, plays off of the natural characteristics of the wood, and celebrates the leaves of the fall season, when chestnuts are sold throughout Japan. The piece is simply lathe-turned, relying on the wonderful texture and medium undertones of reddish shade of brown colorations as represented in the body and top of her head.

The Japanese chestnut, ‘Kuri’, symbolizes the coming of the fall season in Japan. Yakiguri, (roasted chestnuts), can be found in street stands, markets, and at festivals. The signature of the artist is on the bottom of the doll. 

Yamanaka-san received 20 awards for his Kokeshi, including the prestigious “Prime Minister” award in 1979. The piece was published in Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement in 2022. For more information on this artist go to the following link:

Condition: Excellent, meaning that the piece retains its original craft/workmanship showing a wonderfully developed patina commensurate with age which corresponds to its vintage. It is void of damage, cracks, or breakage. This doll meets all the collectible Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi standards by Yamanaka, Sanpei.