Vintage Yajirou Traditional Kokeshi by Sato, Koichi


Dimensions: Container  - 9-3/4” h; Smaller Doll – 5-0”h; miniature Doll – 3-0”h

This very rare and unusual doll was designed to show a creative interpretation of the traditional family doll. It consists of two containers, (one large, one small), each containing an exact replica of the outer doll. One characteristic feature of the Yajiro kokeshi is the head with a multi-colored bob or chignon with a Rokoru -Moyo pattern painted on a lathe to create perfectly rendered lines. It has a straight, beautifully painted body. The waist shows line work of different colors to accentuate the simulated obi. The neck and bottom of the doll further simulates a kimono. Her eyes are called Hitoe-Mabuta, (single-lid) with eyebrows, a simple eye drawn with a single curved line with an eyeball underneath. It is a wonderfully complex piece and is signed on the bottom of the main container.

Vintage Condition: This double kokeshi container, including each doll, is in pristine condition, (“as is”), and retains the original craft/workmanship and commensurate with age. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage is noted.