Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.

Vintage Kokeshi doll by Seizan, singular Japanese wooden doll ornament with cherry tree bark body.

Regular price
$127 USD
Sale price
$127 USD
Regular price
Sold out
Unit price
per 
Shipping calculated at checkout.

Vintage Japanese Kokeshi doll with cherry tree bark body. This large and unique Kokeshi is signed by the artist and is accompany by a lovely little boy.

Kokeshi are simple wooden dolls that have been crafted for more than 150 years as a toy for children. Japanese dolls, originally from the northeastern region (Tōhoku-chihō) of Japan. Kokeshi doll making is now widely considered to be a Japanese art form that requires a trained and skilled artisan to produce high-quality Kokeshi dolls. They are treasured as a good luck charm.

These Kokeshi are very ornamental and a desired collectible. It will make a great gift too.

What is so unusual about the doll is the cherry bark craftwork! Cherry Bark craftwork is a unique and delicate Japanese art that originated in the Akita prefecture during the Edo period (1603 – 1868). “Kaba-zaiku is a truly Japanese form of art, carved out of its national tree, the cherry blossom”.

There is a lot of work and knowledge involved with the production of Kabazaiku. The bark has to be harvested from 70-80-year-old wild trees as the bark from younger and cultivated trees are not tough enough. During spring, scouts go on hiking into the mountains of Northern Japan to locate the wild trees, as during this time they are easier to locate due to the blooming Sakura flowers. The bark is then harvested during the late summer/early autumn after Japan's rainy season so that the bark is softer and easier to remove.

Kabazaiku products are ecological and do not harm the trees in the long run as only one-third of the bark is cut and the trees have regenerative powers, growing back enough bark for the next harvest. The bark from the Ooyama trees is most commonly used for its superior quality, whereas Kasumi bark has a beautiful pattern with parallel running horizontal grains. Procuring enough bark every year is one of the big challenges of Kabazaiku art. This one art form is a microcosm of the traditional way of thinking of Japanese people, which in the past was focused on co-existing with nature.

The main doll is signed by the artist: Seizan (or Shozan) but unfortunately I couldn't find any information about him or this doll.

Dimensions: The main doll H: 29.5 cm | W: base 7 cm

The souvenir doll H: 11.5 cm | W: base 2.5 cm

Total around 1.2 kilograms.

Very good vintage condition with some little flaws such as stains on the head.

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

I'm happy to answer any questions (vous pouvez aussi me contacter en Français :))

I will send it well packed with a tracking number (DHL express shipping).

⭐ If you wish to purchase more than one item, please contact me, before purchasing, with a list of the items you are interested in, I will be happy to offer you the best price possible.

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