Vintage Zao Traditional Kokeshi by Ishiyama, Kazuo


Dimensions: 18-0” h

This doll is quite unusual because it is an extremely large heavily turned doll from one piece of wood weighing 4-1/8lbs, and secondly because it has all the traditional qualities of the Zao family dolls but is painted in black which is quite rare. The beautifully proportioned face is emphasized and incorporates the Futae-Mabuta, (double lid) eyes; the stylized Naga-Bana nose; and the Chrysanthemum flower motif on the top of the head and the side of the face. The stacked Chrysanthemum is framed with black Rokoru-Moyo line work and beautifully rendered in shades of gray and black being the main feature of her kimono. The doll is signed by the artist. The price includes FREE shipping with the exception of a small cost for packing supplies.

Vintage Condition: The piece is exceptional and in excellent condition, (“as is”), and retains the original craft/workmanship, and is completely free from the effects of aging. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage is noted.