Kokeshi Dolls 2021
Japan's original 'barbie dolls', Kokeshi dolls are ornaments for the home or given as gifts to young girls. Each kokeshi is made by hand my a master craftsman, and their signature is found on the bottom of the base. This craft is one of the oldest folk crafts in Japan and one of the most treasured. This collection of Kokeshi dolls are from the 1960s.
Approximately 12'' H
Kokeshi (こけし, 小芥子), are simple wooden Japanese dolls with no arms or legs that have been crafted for more than 150 years as a toy for children. Originally from the northeastern region of Japan, they are handmade from wood, having 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, black, and sometimes green, purple, blue, or yellow inks, and 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.
Each kokeshi doll is one of a kind and due to its vintage nature, will show some visible wear and tear that is part of the doll's character and beauty.
Keep dry and away from children.