Vintage Yajirou Traditional Kokeshi by Seishi, Takahashi

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Dimensions: 11-1/4” h

One characteristic feature of the Yajiro kokeshi is the head with a multi-colored cap-like Rokoru Moyo pattern painted on a lathe to create perfectly rendered lines. This kokeshi is a “rattle". Its most recognizable feature is the large head that is hollow and filled with rice, (gara iri), which creates a sharp sound when it is shaken.  It has a thick, undulating body with a broad base, giving the impression of being more stable. The waist shows a three-dimensional carving in the middle to accentuate the simulated obi. Flowers from the cherry tree have been incorporated into the body. The neck and bottom of the doll further simulate a kimono. Her head is oversized, which is characteristic of this family of dolls, with eyes are called Hitoe-Mabuta, (single-lid), a simple eye is drawn with a single curved line with an eyeball underneath. The nose is called Bachi-Bana, (drum-stick nose).

Vintage Condition: The piece is in excellent condition, (“as is”), and retains the original craft/workmanship, and is commensurate with age. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage is noted.