Kokeshi dolls, vintage Gumma Kokeshi wooden dolls for a Japanese home decor.
Kokeshi dolls, vintage Gumma Kokeshi wooden dolls for a Japanese home decor.
Kokeshi dolls, vintage Gumma Kokeshi wooden dolls for a Japanese home decor.
Kokeshi dolls, vintage Gumma Kokeshi wooden dolls for a Japanese home decor.
Kokeshi dolls, vintage Gumma Kokeshi wooden dolls for a Japanese home decor.
Kokeshi dolls, vintage Gumma Kokeshi wooden dolls for a Japanese home decor.
Kokeshi dolls, vintage Gumma Kokeshi wooden dolls for a Japanese home decor.
Kokeshi dolls, vintage Gumma Kokeshi wooden dolls for a Japanese home decor.
Kokeshi dolls, vintage Gumma Kokeshi wooden dolls for a Japanese home decor.
Kokeshi dolls, vintage Gumma Kokeshi wooden dolls for a Japanese home decor.
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Kokeshi dolls, vintage Gumma Kokeshi wooden dolls for a Japanese home decor.

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Cute pair of creative, gumma Kokeshi dolls made in Japan, one by kokeshi artist of Usaburo familly and one by Kojo Tanaka.

This set is a nice addition to any home interior and will grace any kokeshi collection.

Gunma Prefecture in eastern Japan boasts the largest production site of Kokeshi dolls. In contrast to traditional Kokeshi dolls made in the Tohoku region of Northern Japan, ones produced in Gunma are called “modern Kokeshi dolls”, due to their creative designs.

The left doll was made by Usaburo. Mr Okamoto, the founder of Usaburo Kokeshi, was born in Shinto in 1917 and started to make kokeshi in 1950. He invented new styles by introducing techniques that use special machines as well as a manufacturing method using a wheel, and combined painting with a brush with carving and poker drawing methods. Poker drawing is the technique invented by Usaburo that expresses solidity well. Charmed by the beautiful grain of keyaki and chestnut, he paid attention to these trees as new materials of kokeshi, and enthusiastically studied methods for making kokeshi from these materials. He is a winner of many prizes including the Prize of the Minister of International Trade and Industry.

She bears the artists signature on the base and stands 20 cm (7.9") tall. Good condition with little scratches.

The right doll was made by Tanaka Shigemi AKA Kojo who won a kokeshi competition several times. Named "A dream of spring", she is hand painted with a serene and peaceful expression.

She bears the artists signature on the base and stands 22 cm (8.7") tall. Good condition with very little scratches. The dolls depicts young women wearing a kimono with an elegant plum blossom motif.

The plum blossom (ume) represents rebirth, strength and tenacity, as it blooms in the still cold month of February while there is still snow. In this sense it is also linked to the birth of love and its transformations.

Total weight 1.100 kg. Please look at the pictures carefully (zoom in) to assess the condition of the items. I'm happy to answer any questions. I will send it well packed with a tracking number (DHL express shipping).

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