Vintage Traditional Hijiori Kokeshi by Suzuki Seiichi


Dimensions: 14-1/2”h

There are few craftsmen who make this type of Kokeshi. It shows a mixture of Tougatta and Narugo as Suzuki-san apprenticed under master Okuyama Kuraji. This Kokeshi is a rare large “rattle”. It's most recognizable feature is the large head that is hollow and filled with rice, (gara iri), which creates a gentle sound when it is shaken. The head is edged with thick black hair accenting the face. The double-lid eyes are shown under her large eyebrows, with slightly opened and accentuated pursed red lips. Her nose is the Naga-Bana style, (long nose that is very pronounced). The simulated kimono has the standard layered black and gray Chrysanthemum pattern, which is framed, utilizing Rokuru-Moyo horizontal lines, against the natural wood background. The top of her head shows expressive and flaming Chrysanthemum leaves. The doll is signed on the bottom by the artist.

Vintage Condition: Excellent, retaining the original craft/workmanship, commensurate with age. No discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage and consistent with age and standards of collectible Folk Art.