Vintage Japanese Kokeshi wooden doll
Vintage Japanese Kokeshi wooden doll
Vintage Japanese Kokeshi wooden doll
Vintage Japanese Kokeshi wooden doll
Vintage Japanese Kokeshi wooden doll
Vintage Japanese Kokeshi wooden doll
Vintage Japanese Kokeshi wooden doll
Vintage Japanese Kokeshi wooden doll
Vintage Japanese Kokeshi wooden doll
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Vintage Japanese Kokeshi wooden doll

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I love these vintage Kokeshi Dolls, so evocative of their home country Japan. Made from wood and hand painted in vibrant colours in the image of a Japanese figure these dolls are 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 lightly curved body and a faded pattern in red and green. She has a pretty face with a small smile and flowers in her hair. She measures approximately 24 cm high and has a signature in Japanese on her back. 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. This doll is on the right hand side of the picture.

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.