Wooden Japanese Kokeshi Doll
Wooden Japanese Kokeshi Doll
Wooden Japanese Kokeshi Doll
Wooden Japanese Kokeshi Doll
Wooden Japanese Kokeshi Doll
Wooden Japanese Kokeshi Doll
Wooden Japanese Kokeshi Doll
Wooden Japanese Kokeshi Doll
Wooden Japanese Kokeshi Doll
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Wooden Japanese Kokeshi Doll

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A tall and pretty vintage Kokeshi Doll made from wood and hand painted 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 is slender, and while the pattern on her body has now faded there are traces of green and red. Her quirky face has nice bold colours. She measures 29.5 cm high and has a signature in Japanese to the 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 (she is the tallest in this photo).

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 handpainted every face has different features making each one unique.