Wooden Kokeshi Doll from Japan
Wooden Kokeshi Doll from Japan
Wooden Kokeshi Doll from Japan
Wooden Kokeshi Doll from Japan
Wooden Kokeshi Doll from Japan
Wooden Kokeshi Doll from Japan
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Wooden Kokeshi Doll from Japan

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This pretty vintage Kokeshi doll was made in Japan. Crafted from wood and hand painted in res and black in the image of a Japanese figure this doll is both tactile and attractive to display.

Kokeshi are simple wooden dolls which have been crafted in Japan for more than 150 years as a toy for children. Originally from the Northeastern region of Japan they are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body often has floral and/or ring designs painted in red and black, and they are covered with a layer of wax. One characteristic of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. Since the 1950s, kokeshi makers have signed their work, usually on the bottom and sometimes on the back.

This particular doll has a slender body with a pretty lotus flower pattern in red with stripes round her shoulders and base. She has two large red flowers painted in her hair. She measures approximately 24 cm high and has a signature in Japanese to the base. Shows some signs of age. I have 3 dolls available at the time of listing, as you can see in the last photo, if you would like to add more to your collection. She is the doll in the middle of thepicture.

These dolls make great gifts for adults and children alike. They look great on display and will add a splash of Japanese culture to your home, perhaps as you watch the Tokyo Olympics this summer. While all the dolls look similar, as they are hand-painted every face has different features making each one unique.