Japanese traditional figurines (7 pcs). Collection of Dento vintage Kokeshi dolls.
Japanese traditional figurines (7 pcs). Collection of Dento vintage Kokeshi dolls.
Japanese traditional figurines (7 pcs). Collection of Dento vintage Kokeshi dolls.
Japanese traditional figurines (7 pcs). Collection of Dento vintage Kokeshi dolls.
Japanese traditional figurines (7 pcs). Collection of Dento vintage Kokeshi dolls.
Japanese traditional figurines (7 pcs). Collection of Dento vintage Kokeshi dolls.
Japanese traditional figurines (7 pcs). Collection of Dento vintage Kokeshi dolls.
Japanese traditional figurines (7 pcs). Collection of Dento vintage Kokeshi dolls.
Japanese traditional figurines (7 pcs). Collection of Dento vintage Kokeshi dolls.
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Japanese traditional figurines (7 pcs). Collection of Dento vintage Kokeshi dolls.

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Set of 7 traditional Kokeshi dolls made in Japan. Highly decorative and elegant. The Kokeshi are wooden dolls, real works of art entirely made and decorated by hand. They are considered a good omen against bad luck and considered a fine collector's item.

"Traditional" kokeshi (dentō-kokeshi) dolls' shapes and patterns are particular to a certain area and are classified under eleven types. This set is a perfect example of different traditional kokeshi systems with prime examples: 1 Naruko, 3 Togatta, 1 Zao, 1 Tsuchiyu Nakanosawa, 1 Sakunami.

1/ The massive one is a Naruko Kokeshi doll by Sato Toshio with squeaky head. Toshio Sato (1939-), the second son of Chojiro Sato, a fisherman in Motoyoshi. From 1959, he studied under Riki Onuma of Naruko and learned the technique of wood. He started producing dolls in 1967. Very good condition with little sign of age. It stands 34 cm.

2/ The tallest one is a Togatta style Kokeshi by Igari Katsuhiko (1918-1996). He became a disciple of Makoto Sato, and from 1945, he learned wood from Shiraishi and made a new style of kokeshi doll. Very good condition with little sign of age. It stands 36 cm.

3/ The second tallest one is a Zao style Kokeshi doll by Ishiyama Sanshiro (1909-1996). The Ishiyama family had a carpenter's business for two generations but Sangoro decided not to let his son succeed as a carpenter, but to train him to grind wood. Sanshiro became a disciple of Shinano Ichiro of Taino Chaya in Yumoto Village, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture from the spring of 1918. Kokeshi dolls were learned from Masao Sato, a disciple of Chojiro Okazaki of Zao Takayu. Eventually, he was able to have a store in the precincts of Risshakuji Temple, Yamadera Hoju, and started operating here. Around this time, Masao Sato went out of business, so he took over all the tools. He continued to make kokeshi dolls at Yamadera for a long time after the war, but died on 1996 at the age of 88. Very good condition for its age. It stands 31 cm.

4/ The one with big red eyes is easy to recognized as Nakanosawa style and this one is made by Seya, Juji. The Nakanosawa doll is a member of the Tsuchiyu family. However, it is so obviously different from the rest of this family that it warrants its own description. This distinctively painted traditional doll was originally created by Iwamoto Zenkichi, in Nakanosawa Onsen, in the town of Inawashiro, Fukushima Prefecture. How they came to be created is a wonderful story. It is said that a street dancer named Iwamoto Kenichi and performed a fast tempo foot dance called a "Kappore" fore which which he gave dancing lessons to local geisha girls. He created a Kokeshi doll copied after a pillow that he used in this dance. The painted pillow from which his Kokeshi doll had facial features as well as painted bold flower patterns. His audience was soon so taken with his dance with the pillow that they asked for a doll to be made with these special features and nicknamed affectionately as a "Tako Bouzu" with characteristic large popping eyes and bold flower design. Good condition for its age. It stands 25 cm.

5/ Togatta style Kokeshi by Sato Seiko. It stands 24.5 cm.

6/ Togatta style Kokeshi by Yoshio Sakurai (1941~). Yoshio Sakurai is a craftswoman from Togatta Hot Spring Miyagi Japan. Good condition with one scratches on the body. It stands 18.5 cm.

7/ I believe this one is a Sakunami type of Kokeshi but sadly I couldn't identify the artist of the doll. It stands 16 cm.

Please look at the pictures carefully (zoom in) to assess the condition of the dolls.

The total weight of the dolls is more than 3kg.

🎁 All items are wrapped with a beautiful Japanese fabric at no extra cost.