Kokeshi Doll 7

Kokeshi Doll 7

38.00

Vintage Japanese hand-made "creative" Kokeshi Doll. Kokeshi dolls' shapes and patterns are particular to a certain area and are classified under eleven types. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and head. One characteristic of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. They are charming folk art pieces. “They showcase the Japanese talent for nuanced decoration, paired with graphic rendering of human characteristics – all accomplished with a delightful economy of means.” -Kokeshi: Wooden Treasures of Japan, a Visual Exploration 

Height 4.5"

Head Diameter 3"

Body Diameter 2"

Kokeshi doll making is one of Japan’s most revered folk crafts, dating back to 1830. There are many uses associated with kokeshi dolls. They are bought by many as mementos. Some feel they may ward off evil or prevent fires by having them in the home. While others feel they are a token of friendship, to exchange with messages concealed within. Kokeshi have had a resurgence in popularity recently and are very collectible. There are two types of kokeshi: “traditional” and “creative.”  Read more here.

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